Literary Analysis of
Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”
a.i.State what attracts the speaker to the woods.
The writer is attracted to the woods by its beauty and serenity.
a.ii.Describe why the attraction is so powerful.
The woods present an escape from the reality of his usual life and offer a sense of calm that he lacksdue to his many obligations.
b.i.Pick out THREE images in the poem.
The poem employs the use of visual and audio imagery. Three cases that exemplify this are, “To stopwithout a farmhouse near” (Visual); “the darkest evening of the year” (Visual); “He gives hisharness bells a shake” (Audio).
b.ii.Comment on the effectiveness of each image.
The imagery used in the poem allows for an intimate view of the writer's surroundings. The first example, “...without a farmhouse near” shows a lonely and uninhabited place. It brings to point that the characters are far away from civilization/society or possibly the ideology and constraints of it.“The darkest evening of the year”, the next example chosen, symbolically adds gloom to the poem,that otherwise alludes to the beauty of the woods. This causes the reader to question the simplicity of the poem: is it in actuality a ruse to hide an underlining message? The final example, “He gives hisharness bells a shake”, while personifying the horse, ironically pulls the reader back to the realitythat this peaceful place may only be a dream.
c.State TWO contrasts which are mentioned in the poem.
This poem as a whole is laden with contrasts that are rather subtle, in terms of the way they are presented. A contrast between responsibilities to society and freedom can be understood from the poem when analyzed in its entirety. Another, rather obvious, example of contrast in is seen in the third stanza: the abrupt sound of the harness bells versus the silence of the easy wind and downy flake.
d.Comment on the effect of the repetition in the last two lines.
The repetition of the phrase, “And miles to go before I sleep” in the last two lines, is the paragon of the poem's duality of being simple and complex. While the final lines usually conclude or resolve themoot of a poem or any other type of literature, Frost uses them, in this poem, to give way to thought.The reader is allowed to choose a desired scenario from his/her interpretation of the preceding stanzas.