Metaphor and William Carlos Williams

Topics: William Carlos Williams, Metaphor, Simile Pages: 3 (1010 words) Published: June 27, 2013
Explain how Robert Frost uses inverted word order in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." What effect does Frost's word order have on the poem? Does it contribute to your understanding and/or enjoyment of the poem? Robert Frost’s inverted word order in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, gives me, as a reader, a childlike dream like feeling. He uses his repetition and imagery to make you feel as if you are in the woods with him in his head. The way he describes the bells on the horse jingling and the snow doesn’t over complicate the situation at hand; but it makes the atmosphere a lot more physical as a reader. His AB writing method, and rhyming on the second and fourth line of the stanzas keep it childish and give it a rhythm to keep the short and simple poem captivating to the mind. Though the writing itself is simple, the way he reacts and thinks about the horse and his actions make me feel as though as there is some underlying message like he would consider staying and that he’s is captivated by the simplistic beauty of the snow. Robert Frost’s inversion is also used creatively when he says things like “Whose woods these are I think I know”. This is a technique used to set up a rhyme or meter, but the way Robert Frost uses it doesn’t through off any of understanding. By beginning with that line it only opens the readers mind to the narrator’s thoughts of uncertainty making it easier for us as readers to understand. As a reader I enjoyed the story because it was simple and to the point, unlike William Carlos Williams “The Red Wheelbarrow” or Edger Allan Poe’s stories. There isn’t particularly a metaphorical meaning to it, and it can be read over and over again and I can still feel the same simplistic beauty I did the first time. I believe the rhyming and inverted words are used correctly and not overly placed.

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