Poem Analysis Essay

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The poetic language and writing in these two poems “Stopping by woods on a Snowy Evening ” and “Loveliest of Trees” describe man's attraction to the beauty of the nature outside. Robert Frost and A.E. Houseman each use different types of sentence structure, imagery, and diction to depict the environment and feelings of the narrators in their poems.

Written by Frost, “Stopping by the woods on a Snowy Evening,” tells of the travels of a man who stops briefly to watch the snow; however, there is much more to this poem than a literal journey. Robert Frost uses imagery to allow his readers to imagine the scene before them: snow falling gently on dark woods just before the sunset. The senses are engaged as the horse shakes his bell, the snow falls softly against the narrator's skin, and the light grows ever more dim in the distant. The narrator undergoes the scene in silence, tempted to stay longer, but recognizes that obligations and a long distance yet to be traveled before he can stop and rest for the night.

Although this poem may just seems like a simple journey of a man through woods, a darker hidden meaning actually hides behind it. Literally, snow is snow, a horse is a house, but seemingly ordinary objects have greater meaning in this poem. The woods are described as “lovely, dark, and deep,” but it implies the thought of suicide by the narrator. Does this poem express a wish for death or does it simply describe the lure to sit and watch beauty while the narrator's personal responsibilities are temporarily forgotten? This poem tells of the journey of an older man that has already gone through a lot, seeing as the pace is harder to keep up with and slowing down. This is evident in the rhyme scene for this poem as the beginning is mostly a a b a, but the end is all d d d d, giving it a slower pace.

“Loveliest of Trees” by Housman describes a quiet, blooming meadow next to a horse trial. A.E. Housman uses imagery and our senses to great effect. Readers can...
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