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Stopping By Wood On A Snowy Evening Robert Frost

The poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is in general viewed as a Frost’s masterpiece. It is Frost’s most famous poem and also perhaps Frost’s most regularly taught poem. The speaker in the poem, probably the poet himself, is a traveller by horse on the darkest night of the year. He stops to gaze at a woods filling up with snow. While he is entranced by the beauty of the woods, he realises that he has duties and obligations and this realisation drags him away from the lure of enchantments of nature.

He thinks the owner of these woods is someone who lives in the village and will not see the speaker stopping on his property. While the speaker continues to look into the snowy woods, his little horse impatiently shakes the bells of its harness. The speaker outlines the beauty and allure of the woods as “lovely, dark, and deep,” but reminds himself that he must not remain there, for he has “promises to keep,” and a long journey ahead of him. He has a long way to travel before he rests. Here, the traveller, the journey and the sleep have symbolic meanings. The traveller is any individual on his/her great journey of life and sleep is the end of life or death, the eternal sleep.
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