Whose woods these are I think I know. Lines 1 - 4 Starting off a poem with a possessive pronoun is a brave and unusual thing to do but Frost manages to make it work, immediately grabbing the reader's attention. On one hand, it reiterates the idea that the narrator has responsibilities that he is reluctant to fulfill. Certainly, by the end of the line, he has a pretty good guess. He seems to them a sensible, tender, humorous poet who knows all about trees and f arms and folks in New England. This suggests the broader implications of the fact that outer motivations become indistinguishable from the inner motivations of the agentwhether he is a poet writing a poem or a citizen simply endeavoring to be good.
After a few more moments, the narrator reluctantly continues on his way. Just the title of this poem gives the reader a sense of calmness that comes with the image of a snowy evening in the woods. The reader will notice along with this that the first line consists entirely of monosyllables. Richard Gray has marked this in explaining how the poem moves from a more conversational tone to the charming effect that characterizes the ending. The bright, beautiful, snow covered woods have enamored the rider to the fullest, though his horse, symbolized as rustic common sense, reminds him of his moral obligations, transcending him from the hypnotic world of dreams to staunch reality. The narrator has stopped by for a brief moment amid a snowy evening in the woods, transfixed by the mesmerising scenes unfolding.
His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. In a minor key, they are caught also in the implicit comparison between the owner of these woods, who apparently regards them as a purely financial investment he lives in the village and the narrator who sees them, at least potentially, as a spiritual one. The poem is made up of four stanzas, each with four stressed syllables in iambic meter. The Rhyming takes place in the first, second and the fourth line of the stanza in form of words know, though and snow respectively. Lorcher, what a fabulous discussion of ne of my favorite poems.
Then we are almost ready to fall into the snow with the speaker. · This format is repeated in stanza 3: the first, second and fourth lines rhyme 'shake', 'mistake', 'flake' and the third line 'sweep' does not rhyme but it becomes the rhyme sound for stanza 4 'deep', 'keep', 'sleep', 'sleep'. This suggests we should interpret these remarks as a metaphor pointing toward something. Bells herald the coming of Christmas. He wants to stay in the woods, but he knows he has obligations to keep. This poem is generally about the speaker pausing his journey to take a second to appreciate the beautiful aspects of winter around him. The devices that Frost uses are his language, rhythm, meter, and alliteration.
Since there are no other people around, he seems to be at ease with himself. Why stop tonight of all nights? The most significant symbol in this poem. These sounds have a duration that stops-p, t, k, b, d, g--do not have. Indeed, critics sometimes set his teeth on edge with intimations about personal themes in the poem, as if it expressed a wish quite literally for suicide or marked some especially dark passage in the poet's life. I've copied the highlights here, beginning with how to annotate a poem. The speaker implies that he is trespassing someone's property but he doesn't need to worry because that person is in the village and not there anywhere around.
This exchange and merger of container and containedof outside and inside, form and contentis central to Frost's understanding of motive. For him, the animal is awaiting the hold-up to end and continue on his path home. Once, while traveling, a person Frost came to a fork in the road and could not decide which path to take. When teaching poems, it is often helpful to refresh or introduce students with technical words. One possibility is that conforming to society is moving into a lockstep—marching in a sense. And then he emphasizes upon the fact that he has a lot of distance to cover to reach out to his destination which can then set him free to relax and rest. In both cases the motive is the product, not the antecedent, of engagements with alien entanglementsthat is, with the coercive motives, however benign, of form and state.
Robert Frost and Feminine Literary Tradition. Robert Frost is often thought of as the quintessential American poet. These two realities, the subjective and the objective, are merged over the course of the poem. The horse in this case represents civilization—especially the blind adherence to custom. Although this poem initially may appear to be quite simple, one shall discover that this poem actually contains a much more complex meaning.
Then was the fear a little quieted That in my heart's lake had endured throughout That night, which I had passed so piteously. He thinks he knows the owner of these woods who lives in the village. It may feel akin to a nursery rhyme. This mention of the village leads the reader away from the peacefulness of the woods filling up with snow and back into the village. Its linked pattern seems completed and resolved in the final stanza, underlining the effect of closure: aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd.
But he has tasks to complete and promises to keep, promises he made to his loved ones and himself This shows that he is focused and professional due to which he is able to concentrate on his work and perform in a better manner. Robert Frost, when asked if the poem had anything to do with death or suicide, denied it, preferring to keep everyone guessing by simply saying 'No', but many think that the poem can be construed as a dream-like image of someone passing away, or saying a final goodbye. New York: Penguin Academics, 2005. In a time and a place where hard work is valued above all things, the act of watching snow fall in the woods may be viewed as a particularly trivial indulgence. The rhyme scheme contributes to the play. As he says that he has to travel a lot, it means he has to perform a lot of duties. .
However, it has become one of the most popular poems in English literature. The presence of a host of visual and auditory imageries alongside the figures of speech makes it a thoughtful and appealing poem. In this case, the horse could be viewed as a bridge between the two realms. He is, after all, a man of business who has promised his time, his future to other people. The expression of stopping given in the first continues until the traveler decides to restart his journey. Yet the wind is just the opposite. It also emphasizes the repetitive tedium that makes the woods an attractive alternative to those responsibilities.