This poem consists of four stanzas and begins with a description about someone else's woods where the speaker of the poem has stopped by to admire. The poem did not indicate wether the speaker of the poem is who, or is he a he or she. The first stanza was clear in saying the woods belong to someone else and that “he will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow”, which shows that the owner does not take absolute good care of these lovely woods because of the speaker's certainty of the owner not seeing him, which then leads to the owner not visiting his woods often and therefore not taking good care of it. The word “his” implies the speaker is jealous to a certain degree and that he feels resentful over his obligation mentioned in the last stanza. The last sentence in this stanza shows the speaker has been idle in the woods for a long time because he has been there long enough to watch the “woods fill up with snow.”
The second stanza shows the speaker as an organized person and the kind who would follow the status quo everyday because even his “little horse” thinks it's weird and “ask if there is some mistake” for the speaker “to stop without a farmhouse near” and watch the “woods fill up with snow.” The word “little” shows the speaker as an ordinary citizen who lives an ordinary and simple life with not so many luxuries. There is visual imagery seen in this stanza when the speaker describes his surroundings as “between the woods and frozen lake the darkest evening of the year.” However, this scene gives the reader a somewhat downcast or depressed sight and the “frozen lake” gives a cold and lonely setting to the poem which shows the isolation of the speaker's feelings.
The third stanza mainly illustrates a sound imagery, with the horse giving “his harness bells a shake” to the sound of “easy wind and downy flake.” These sounds aren't usually heard in crowded villages or busy streets and they are very quiet sounds that one has to be still...
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