Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening Summary

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Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” takes the reader on a journey through a man’s experience of traveling to the snowy woods with his horse. Frost builds up the relationship with the horse to where he is able to use it to exemplify his points about not only the condition of the area they are in, but the feelings of the man looking into the woods. Since the woods are isolated and quiet, they give the speaker a chance to escape from his responsibilities and contemplate his life choices.
In the first stanza, Frost emphasizes that the man stops at a house in a village where he is watching the woods become covered in snow. In line 2, Frost says, “His house is in the village though.” Since he is in a village, the reader knows that the area is clear from the chaos of city life. In line 4, Frost says he stops outside of a house in the village, “To watch his woods fill up with snow.” The reader is able to get the impression that the speaker admires the place and is in a state of contemplation. Watching the woods fill up with snow relates to a child looking
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Since Frost indicates that the horse questions why the man stops in this frigid location on the darkest night of the year, it provides a signal to the reader that the man is so attracted to the woods that his normal senses and mannerisms are being neglected. The painting "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Graham Pope depicts the hooves of the horse being buried into the snow and its bending legs to indicate that the temperature is low. While the horse appears to be uncomfortable by the snow, the man does not appear to be cold, but instead lost in
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