Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

This paper analyzes Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Of the poetry of Robert Frost it has been pointed out, . . . if the majority of Frost s admirers . . . seem . . . content to share the poet s delight in cherishing the humble beauties of nature recorded by him with such precision . . . those readers have been willing to settle for too little, when so many other and deeper levels of meaning are available in his poems. Of the many poems this assertion could be made, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening provides one of the more interesting and revealing examples. Consideration of the process of Frost’s creativity in the writing of this poem must take these two major factors into account: the simple pastoral scene used as the poem’s setting and the idea or thought of the poem itself.

In Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening the poet-as-narrator draws the reader into the world of his experience on two …

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