Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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Brendan Orner
Mr. Whewell
AP Literature
3/21/13

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Theme: Isolation

* The speaker appears to be telling this poem as if he is distant or far away from any other person * “His house is in the village though” (2)
* People do not/cannot own woods
* The word woods brings up the idea of an untamable wild area * “He will not see me stopping here” (3)
* This quote brings up the idea that the speaker is slightly paranoid * Instead of using a word like catch or find, the speaker decides to use the word see, as if someone is looking for him or directly at him right then * This also brings up the idea that the speaker wishes to be left alone * “The little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near” (5-6)
* The speaker is walking along at this point in the poem, when he sees a horse in the middle of nowhere * The horse also has human-like qualities, for it can think and has its own opinions, changing the thought that the speaker is alone after all * “The only other sound's the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.” (11-12)
* This is one of those times when a person is an a spot where it is eerily quiet, and yet because of this, they feel like someone is watching them * If someone is watching the speaker, then it furthers the idea that he is not alone * “And miles to go before I sleep.

And miles to go before I sleep.” (15-16)
* The repetition of this line emphasizes the thought to the reader that the speaker has a long way to go until he gets ‘home’ * It never clears up the thought of if the speaker is ever truly alone out in the forest though

Tone: Solemn and Indirect

* “The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.” (11-12)
* This quote is a great example of how solemn the poem truly is * These lines make the speaker seem to be alone, yet to be watched at the same time * It makes the reader feel sympathetic for...
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