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Frost Cea

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Robert Frost writes about everyday experiences, but he also saw metaphorical extensions in everyday things he encountered. In Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, he gives off a tone of serious and thoughtful. In the last stanza, while Frost is contemplating his decision, He states “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep but I have promises to keep”(Line 13 and 14), demonstrating that Frost is saying the woods are lovely but being there is depressing. When he says that he has promises to keep, it means that he either figured out what was bothering him or if he didn’t, he at least figured out that he has things that he should do. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is abundant with symbolism. In the third stanza, the narrator mentions a horse. Symbolically, the horse the narrator implicates can symbolize something that guides him through life. When the narrator says “He gives his harness bells a snake, to ask if there is some mistake”(Line 9 and 10), It is revealing that the person(horse) is trying to get the narrators attention to ask him questions about his life, showing there is a thoughtful side in him. The final couplet is one of the most famous instances of repetition in American poetry. Frost could have easily used this line once but he uses it twice. By Frost saying “And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep” (Line 15 and 16) demonstrating of a death the acknowledgements of death wish that the narrator previously had before. Like most of Frost’s poems, ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ can be read on several levels and again like most of his poems, you can ignore them all and still enjoy the surface meaning, which is beautifully evocative.

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