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Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

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
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  • Alexandre Gonzaga (5/11/2013 11:54:00 PM)

    Hi, greetings from Brazil! I can not left to think the poet is talking about the death at the end of poem, but despite death is coming calmly and afraidless he needs to keep the promises to has more to live before goes to dark and deep and lovely destiny. Alexandre Gonzaga (Report) Reply

  • Rutul Shah (5/1/2013 7:55:00 AM)

    i can only see a metaphor here.. woods represent a beautiful women whom he meets on his way of life bt she belongs to someone else(his house is in the village, he will not see me stopping there)
    horse represents the poet's heart. which asks him if there is a mistake (ofcourse because he is on his way for somthing else, the woman belongs to some1 else) darkest evening of the year represents a thing which wont b observed by others. poet appreciate the beauty of woman (woods are lovely dark and deep) but he cannot be wth her for more time as he already has some1 in his life (promises to keep) and he wil hv to go back to his own life and he cannot have her.(miles to go before i sleep) (Report) Reply

  • Monet Al-amin (4/27/2013 2:37:00 PM)

    Is it bad I discovered this poem from watching Elementary? Either way I love it! ! ! It has to be my second favorite Robert Frost poem, right after the 'The Road Not Taken.' (Report) Reply

  • Samarjit Roy (4/15/2013 10:20:00 AM)

    its a poem of beauty, i'm so mesmerized. Whenever i go through this poem, i feel it; taste it but at the end it leaves me ever thirsty for eternity, i want to feel it more deeply, want to enjoy it more intensely, but like the poet gives the reason,

    ............... promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Mortimer (4/9/2013 6:48:00 PM)

    Nature can't be owned. Perhaps it is civilization that breaks all the promises. A beautiful poem, with some very deep undercurrents, (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (4/1/2013 2:00:00 PM)

    This poem is soothing every time I think of it. I've learned it by heart and find myself often quoting it. (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (4/1/2013 1:57:00 PM)

    This poem is soothing every time I thing of it. I've learned it by heart and find myself often quoting it. (Report) Reply

  • Jodie Lenser (12/26/2012 6:09:00 PM)

    Duty rather than Death; yes I think possibly so. Although I think it can be taken entirely literally, as well. I had to memorize this poem in elementary school, and still remembered two-thirds of it at age 58! I think of it when walking my dogs through woods close to home during the Winter. It leaves me with a peaceful state of mind. (Report) Reply

  • Jodie Lenser (12/26/2012 6:03:00 PM)

    Duty, yes; I think so, too. I had to memorize this poem when I was in elementary school, and I still remembered two-thirds of it at age 58! I think of it when walking my dogs through woods close to home during the Winter. It leaves me with a peaceful state of mind. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (12/26/2012 4:22:00 PM)

    Very beautiful. I love the simplicity of Frost, his lack of pretentious language.
    Not sure this poem is about Death, as some think. It seems to me to be about Duty. (Report) Reply

  • Srimayee Ganguly (12/22/2012 6:07:00 AM)

    An uncanny feeling took over me as i imagined myself walking in the wood on a snowy evening. Frost's picturesque is awesome. (Report) Reply

  • Parul Rastogi (12/2/2012 11:05:00 AM)

    wow!
    Every time when I read these lines, a new idea of life strikes my mind. How beautifully Frost depicted a great lesson in these simple words! (Report) Reply

  • Salman Yusafzai (11/9/2012 4:25:00 AM)

    First read it in Grade 8. Its such a easy read, simple & yet so enchanting. Great poets make it look easy. Brings the whole picture to one's mind. Whether its about death or NOT...that is debatable! (Report) Reply

  • Veronica Bennie (10/18/2012 4:12:00 PM)

    Oh, I nearly forgot. I was reading this mermaid book called Lies Beneath and found a poem inside it. I wanted to see if there was a longer version of it, but I can't because it was written anonomously. Can someone help me find it? It goes like this:

    Mother, may I go out to swim?
    Yes, my darling daughter.
    Fold your clothes up neat and trim.
    But don't go near the water.

    At first I laughed at it, because it was impossible to swim without water, but then I realized; Mermaid book! Duh! And I think it may be a warning from the mother to the daughter that danger, such as mermaids, lives in the water, so you shouldn't go near it. What do you guys think? (Report) Reply

  • Veronica Bennie (10/18/2012 4:08:00 PM)

    I really don't like how some poems talk about Death like that, but this is a beautiful peom. Or maybe that's just me being depressed about something. Well, I couldn't get a deeper meaning besides the one below, so that's the one I'm sticking with. If you come up with anything else that makes sense, tell me so I can check it out. (Report) Reply

  • Veronica Bennie (10/16/2012 5:13:00 PM)

    I think this poem has a deeper meaning about Death. The 'The woods are lovely, dark, and deep' could symbolize Heaven or Hell. They appear lovely, dark, and deep and a great place to go. 'But I have promises to keep' could mean that something keeps him on Earth. Something important to him. 'And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep' could mean that he has a long way to go before he can die. Some people say that dieing is like going to sleep. Miles is a long way. So it could mean that the person in this wants to die, but something important happened or is happening so he can't 'leave' yet. (Report) Reply

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