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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  • Hello Boone (7/5/2012 1:56:00 PM)

    There is no beauty or optimism in this poem, only gloom. The poem is best summed up in this way:

    For the working man in society, life sucks and then you die.

    “Hey, you there! Yes, you, dallying by my woods! Don't you have somewhere to be? I suppose your employer enjoys throwing his hard earned money away so you can sit out here in the cold gawking at trees?

    “Oh, forgive me. Are you sad about something? Having some personal hardship, are you? Are you feeling sorry for yourself? Well, boo-hoo and too bad for you! Now stop this foolishness and get on with it! There is work to be done, and it is not going to get done with you lagging here.

    “Oh, and let me tell you this, you loitering fool. You can just dropp these fantastic ideas you have about running off to live a natural life or thinking about the life you should have lived. Put away this nonsense about living for yourself, free and easy in the wilderness like a savage. Those days are gone. And they're gone for you, too. No doubt, you have a family and probably plenty of debt, by the looks of you. So get on with it.

    “Oh, someday, you'll get to die, yes, but that's a long way off. So get back to work.” (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Mark Dillon (7/2/2012 2:14:00 AM)

    one of my favs, so quiet, you can almost feel the flakes falling in the stillness, love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Megan Cruz (5/24/2012 12:45:00 PM)

    A suicide interrupted. And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Aloke Mukherjee (5/15/2012 11:57:00 AM)

    A very good poem. We can see the master artist, with a few strokes, evoking an eerie atmosphere to fit in the conclusive stanza. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,305 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (5/10/2012 3:48:00 AM)

    How many miles have I traveled in the woods,
    Where I collect the memories to upkeep,
    Traveling with a suit case makes me a nomad,
    What God wills for me really shrouds with clouds. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,480 Points Walterrean Salley (4/29/2012 12:42:00 AM)

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is among my favorites. I memorized it, when much younger. This poem never fails to give me such a warm feeling of nostalgia. I’m very glad that it was written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 126 Points Joe Breunig (3/6/2012 11:41:00 AM)

    This is one of my favorite poems written by R.F.; had to memorize the last stanza for an English project in elementary school!

    -Joe Breunig
    Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 126 Points Anu Sipps (2/25/2012 4:04:00 AM)

    i always love this poem i have read it once in my small age and was very much inspired by this written poem so wonderful! ! ! (Report) Reply

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