The speaker struggles with the decision he must make to either stay in the vast and beautiful woods or to return to his home in the village. The poem appears to be very simple, but it has a hidden meaning to it. After you have read the poem, ask your students to do a scavenger hunt using the Storyboard Creator. His horse shakes his harness bells, questioning the pause; perhaps this place isn't on their usual route, or he is curious that there doesn't appear to be a farmhouse nearby. The speaker continues to stand near the woods, attracted by the deep, dark silence of his surroundings.
It played a major role in most of what he wrote and although this may be the case, he was ironically and outwardly ambivalent to religion. If you look at the first stanza of the poem. Why shouldn't he live in the woods? Though this incident occurred way back in 1905, it had immensely impacted his mind, resulting in this exceptional masterpiece. It's December 21st, winter solstice, longest night of the year, midwinter. The bells potentially represent a wake up call — asking the narrator to come back to civilization, to logos, to reason, to custom. Surely, no man has business in this neck of the woods, his master is acting strangely. The narrative sets up this subtle tension between the timeless attraction of the lovely woods and the pressing obligations of present time.
The most significant symbol in this poem. It has a ring to when recited loudly. Stylistic analysis The rhyme scheme is rather complex as the first second and fourth lines rhyme, whereas the third line pairs up with the first second and fourth lines of the next stanza. Historical background Conclusion: As we have looked into this beautifully written poem, the reader can see the many layers that are a part of the simple looking poem. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. He enters, so to speak, the mind of the figure who speaks the poem, a figure whose body is slowly turned into the scene, head fully away from the foreground, bulking small, holding the reins steadily and loosely.
The speaker is in isolation in the growing dark, yet he stops and stays in the lonely woods. It is then that common sense prevails upon him, compelling the man to stop admiring the woods and proceed along his journey. The trap is the poem, which snaps back at us and catches our fingers with the slow revelation of its betraying our sing-along into wisdom. Frost claimed that he wrote it in a single nighttime sitting; it just came to him. The Rhyming takes place in the first, second and the fourth line of the stanza in form of words know, though and snow respectively. The next four lines just increase the feeling of loneliness and menace.
This makes expounding its elements, and understanding its rich meaning, comparisons, and symbols, even more important. Sometimes we crave a little vacation from responsibility. Which wins in the end, I think I know, but it scarcely matters; the speaker has had his solitary vision; whether he stays or goes, the woods will go with him and the reader, who are now well-acquainted with the coming night. Even though he wants to stay and take in more of what he is seeing, he keeps his other duties in mind and how much distance there is left for him to fulfill them and mentions there is a choice he has to make which is considered most suitable. When teaching poems, it is often helpful to refresh or introduce students with technical words. The poem tells the story of a man traveling through some snowy woods on the darkest evening of the year, and he's pretty much in love with what he sees around him.
In the second stanza, the horse is only a figment of his imagination. Copyright © 1977 by Oxford University Press. Some have even suggested there is a wish for suicide in these words. This leaves open the question of just how much arguing is left to be done before any action is taken. Here is a theme which is not one: that is to say, a theme which stands in no comfortable opposition either to content or form.
It exposes how desperate a person can be in order to seek some form of pleasure in their life. For instance, we fall prey to the majestic beauty of a sunset, or the exquisite scenery at the Grand Canyon. Sound I heard the sounds of a dog barking, and the seagulls cawing. Once, while traveling, a person Frost came to a fork in the road and could not decide which path to take. On a dark winter evening, the narrator stops his sleigh to watch the snow falling in the woods. It talks about the attitude of the narrator who is a seasoned professional and who knows his priorities properly.
The poem is rich in its use of figures of speech like imagery, alliteration and personification. These antimonies, his lack of certainty, and the muted sense of passion provide the tension by which the poem operates. Growing up in San Francisco and New Hampshire, Robert Frost wrote poems transcended age and time, pushing the reader into a vortex. However in the end of the poem he chooses to continue on his journey and fulfil his promises and he ignores the temptations of death. Well, it would be like this if it were.
Nothing is said more about the stranger, no description is given about him or his destination. I listened to the waves breaking evenly on the rocks. Underneath the surface it has a slightly deeper meaning. In addition to fricatives, nasals--m, n, and the consonant at the end of sing, which is a single consonant although spelled with two letters--have duration and add length. Even so, the speaker finds great pleasure in this unexpected pause in his journey.
His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. Imagine you are driving on a road at night that goes through some wooded country area on a wintry night. In fact, this symbolizes the common human tendency to crave for more, forgetting to cherish what he already has. What appears to be innocent is really not. Whose woods these are I think I know. It shows that he cares about his horse dearly and he loves it, the same as with nature.