Stopping by Woods on a SnowyEvening

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Frost became interested in reading and writing poetry when he was in high school. Later, he enrolled at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, but he never earned a formal college degree. His first published poem appeared in the New York newspaper The Independent. While Frost was abroad he met and was influenced by many contemporary British poets, who helped promote and publish his work. By the 1920s, he was the most celebrated poet in America and had written many books. His work is principally associated with the life and landscape of New England. He is a modern poet and adheres to language as it is actually spoken.

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.


One theme of this poem is isolation. It is about a man who is walking in deep woods at night and the only thing that he has with him is his horse. He is making his own decisions and doing what he wants to do, regardless of what other people want him to do. Him making his own decisions is represented when the horse wanted him to stop but he did not.
Stopping by woods on a snowy evening
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