Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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In Robert Frosts’ “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” there are many hidden meanings. When this poem is first read, one may or may not catch onto these hidden messages right away. Most of Frosts poems express depression, darkness, and death. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a little different from others he has written. This poems hidden messages are clear, and the literary devices used help the reader understand them.

Robert Frosts’ poems are very deep. Their meanings tell a lot about his character. In Richard Wakefields’ “To Be A Natural Man In A Man-Made World” describes how Frosts poem is about self-consciousness. Wakefield explains it perfectly. The poet is reminded of responsibilities that he has back in the village when the horse rings its’ harness (362). Also, the woods is not looked upon as free land, it is someones “property” (361). Wakefields‘ analysis is spot on. When Frost writes, “My little horse must think it queer/ To stop without a farm house near” shows that there is no more adventure in society. There always has to be a reason to go somewhere or do something at a specific time, rather than to just enjoy scenery, to listen or to appreciate ones surroundings. In R. Moores “Frosts ‘Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Evening’ and ‘Out, Out--’”, and Swifts “Gullivers Travels” from The Explicator, Moore states that the poet is “...pointless and irrational (95)” for wanting to stop in the woods to watch the snow fall, or without any shelter close by for the horse. This proves that adventure is lacking in society because there is no purpose to stopping in the woods. One may wonder why there must be a purpose, there should not have to be one.

In this poem Frost may also speak of how nature has changed man kind. Wakefield states that men no longer have time to enjoy nature (362). They instead only get a peak of it every now and again. Wakefield announces, “This poem is not about woods. It is about a man’s separation from...
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