Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," seems to be a casual, ordinary story at first glance. In the poem, the author finds himself stopping on a deserted road to watch snow fall around him even though the sky is already dark. Yet a closer examination reveals a deeper meaning to this picture of a snowy night. Frost's poem suggests that death is not a dreadful end in which people should be afraid.
Frost begins the poem by filling a sense of danger into the reader. The location of the speaker is very distant. The second and third line says that the closest "house is in the village," and that people "will not see him stopping here." His isolation signals that the author is secluded in the woods and will not be able to find help if he needs it. The danger is greater than before because the hostile environment creates a very real possibility of danger. He is not stopping on a sunny day to watch the beauty of nature; he is stopping in the middle of the woods on "the darkest evening of the year." The "frozen lake" gives the reader a chilling effect, emphasizing that the surroundings are not welcoming. Clearly, the sensible course of ac
The reader can relate that image to a scared child shaking his head in fear of what is in front of him. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. "Downy" snowflakes are soft like a down-filled pillow and comforter. The woods, though isolated, are described as "lovely, dark and deep," mak!ing the reader feel safe. The horse can be shaking his head because he senses specters near. " Those promises could be obligations to family and friends to stay alive, to keep on fighting life's indecisive fortunes. The iambic meter gives a soft, easy-going rhythm to the poem. The "lovely" woods combined with the soft snow pillow invite travelers to rest, perhaps the permanent rest of death. Frost's seemingly simple story examined on a larger scale is in fact his attitude toward death. " The horse shaking its head gives it a human quality. Frost uses comforting, inviting language because he feels death should not be seen as horrifying. " "Easy wind" and "downy flake" are the opposite of what the reader expects to find, giving this potential crisis an inviting feel of calm. The speaker's unusual decision to stop gives the reader a sense of apprehending danger. " The reader is then given the image of the horse shaking its bells, "asking if there is some mistake.