He remained in the background shadows of the stage. Not a word was spoken, but the horse knew he was ready and resumed the journey homeward. Lines 13-14 In this stanza, the speaker emphasizes his attraction to the unknown and perhaps the dangerous. This means attempting to understand why the poem has the shape it does, and contains the words it contains, all for the purpose of finding out in what ways the poem best functions. As he headed home, evening descended. It can evoke emotions, set a , tell a story, or create a deeply and universally understood feeling in its readers.
The traveler wants to take a moment to pause in the quiet woods to watch the snow falling. Beauty alone is a sufficient siren; a sufficient protection against her seduction is an unwillingness to give up on society despite the responsibilities it imposes. He pairs calm, serene American settings with calm, serene feelings of his narration. Here then, is a poem that functions as a perfect vehicle upon which to heap meaning, since, one is likely to think, the mere situation of stopping and looking at woods surely cannot be all there is to the poem. When someone attempts to write poetry this becomes evident and is one of the greater difficulties.
It was sensing his despair. This book is filled with fascinating anecdotes that bring the decade alive. 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. While these woods belong to someone, that person is not present and so will not protest if the speaker trespasses. Personal Connection Storyboard Example: The Beach Sight I saw the waves crashing into the rocks at high tide, almost reaching the sea wall. Meanwhile the second and the fourth stanzas are more reflective.
Frost, Robert, Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays, Library of America, 1995. Real life may seem emptier now, and all those familiar oppositions that help us make sense of our lives are open to question. . There is an unspoken communication between a man and his horse, you know. Being naturalistic to the core, Robert Frost grounds his character in a forest, mesmerized by the snowy evening.
However, there are two extended metaphors in the poem. We get the feeling that he'd rather be all by his lonesome in the freezing cold than back in the village. They are restful, seductive, lovely, dark, and deep—like deep sleep, like oblivion. The speaker is ready to continue his journey both through the woods and through the remainder of his life; the temptation of enjoying nature's beaty whilst overlooking constant obligations of ones life is higlighted in this poem. The poet intrinsically denotes certain characteristics of the human being. The fourth stanza, however, rhymes every line with d. Once again, we might feel that we are listening to the thoughts of the speaker.
The expression of stopping given in the first continues until the traveler decides to restart his journey. The first two words focus attention on an absent character about whom we only find out two things: that he lives in the village, away from nature, and that he owns the woods. It shows how many people take the beauty of nature for granted, it helps to demonstrate how big of an effect harmonizing with nature can have on us. Personification The horse given human qualities have been personified as a guiding force, reminding the narrator of his duties and preventing him from going haywire. The reader is also able to learn that this poem has two main themes; choices and isolation.
We don't know where the speaker is traveling to, but as it's the end of the day, possibly he is making his way home. This poems hidden messages are clear, and the literary devices used help the reader understand them. This makes expounding its elements, and understanding its rich meaning, comparisons, and symbols, even more important. A complete list of these oppositions would be unusually long for such a short poem: man and nature, masculine and feminine, emptiness and fullness, business and pleasure, movement and stopping, society and solitude, life and death, activity and sleep, and so on. Robert Frost was an American poet but most of his poems were written while he was in England, and they were published there. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. Such familiar distinctions may make us feel at home in the poem, but they may also be disturbing.
Frost's advice, we shouldn't be so concerned with what this poem means as concerned with how it means. One is the regard for beauty often flying in the face of practical concern or the survival instinct ; another is the attraction to danger, the unknown, the dark mystery; and the third—perhaps related but distinct—is the possibility of the death wish, of suicide. Woods are sometimes a symbol for wildness, madness, the pre-rational, the looming irrational. Promises are broken every day by people who find some reason to forgive themselves. He also loved to inject everyday, colloquial speech into his poems. He wrote it in 1922 in a few moments after being up the entire night writing a long and complicated poem.
For workers who made their livings in factories, this meant selling their time to their employers during working hours. Though this incident occurred way back in 1905, it had immensely impacted his mind, resulting in this exceptional masterpiece. At the same time, even if he decides, a man now cannot spend too much time for enjoying the beauties of nature. He's on his way back to town, but he can't quite tear himself away from the lovely and dark woods. When he finally arrived, there was no market for his goods. Following the success of the book, Frost relocated to Glouces tershire, England, and directed publication of a second collection, North of Boston 1914. Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1—3 above.
This poem has deep insight and values. This poem is a classic because of its superficial simplicity and underlying complexity. But he stubborn narrator seems to adore the immediate present as opposed to imminent danger. And there are those who take it a step further and say that this poem addresses suicide. It is alternately interpreted as a quiet, contemplative piece about pausing to observe nature and a poem about longing for death, which the darkness and snow are said to represent. However, in line 8, an element of darkness appears, which can indicate that all is not well. We protest, we make apologies, we point to the dangers of reading poetry in this way, but unlike the speaker of the poem, we cannot resist.