Poem Analyse

About Robert Frost’s poem, ” Stopping by woods on a snowy evening”

The speaker in this poem is stopping by some woods on a snowy evening. He or she takes in the lovely scene in near-silence, is tempted to stay longer, but acknowledges the pull of obligations and the considerable distance yet to be traveled before he or she can rest for the night; as it is shown in the last stanza ; And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

How is it structured?
– The poem consists of four (almost) constructed stanzas.
– Each line is iambic, with four stressed syllables:

Within the four lines of each stanza, the first, second, and fourth lines rhyme.The third line does not, but it sets up the rhymes for the next stanza.For example, in the third stanza, queer, near, and year all rhyme, but lake rhymes with shake, mistake, and flake in the following stanza.

The notable exception to this pattern comes in the final stanza, where the third line rhymes with the previous two and is repeated as the fourth line.

My Favorite line?

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,”.
Such great imagery and lyricism to this poem – love it!


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