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Sample Paper Frost Woods

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“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”: Themes of an Overworked Life and theMysterious Beauty of NatureJillian Cener English HonorsMr. KominkiewiczJanuary 10, 2008
 
Simplicity proves itself to be two-faced in Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping byWoods on a Snowy Evening.” Written during a time when America was changing, thisRoaring 20s-era poem seems, at first, to be about a man stopping near a wooded areawith his horse to watch the snow fall. After careful analysis, the hidden meaning of every word comes out to reveal that this poem is more about a man and his life than hismid-night encounter. Frost has managed to take a 16-line poem and transform it intoone that clearly speaks beyond the boundaries of the page about the devastating worldman has created for himself and how the beauty of nature can be in what we do notknow.At the time this poem was published, America was going through a drasticchange that involved new inventions, new business ideas, and even new people withthe help of mass immigration. The country was making a drastic move from a laid-back,farming lifestyle to a life filled with factories and hectic schedules (“Stopping by Woodson a Snowy Evening” 275). Frost looks at this new world as one with too manyobligations and little time for life’s beauties (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”275). One way he describes this is through the speaker’s lack of description (Frank 1).The speaker has stopped to watch the snow fall in the woods, but yet, he never describes the snow itself. Everything else in the scene, from it being the darkest nightof the year to the horse is mentioned, but there are no words to articulate the vision of snow the speaker is seeing. He stops only for a while and leaves without describingwhat he actually stopped for (Frank 1). Additionally, it is revealed at the end of thepoem that the speaker must continue on with his duties and leave the wondrousscenery behind him (Wakefield 1). He is not even able to pause and take in something2
 
that amazes him so much, as he has obligations to fulfill, as shown in line 14: “But Ihave promises to keep” (Frost 1). By not fulfilling them, he would be going against allthe principles that man has set up for him. Finally, Frost has cleverly set up his poem ina pattern so that each third, unrhymed line in a stanza creates the rhyme for the nextone. This symbolizes the ongoing and tedious responsibilities in a man’s life; also, thiscreates a setting for a never-ending amount of stanzas in the poem (Wakefield 1).Although Frost uses this poem to voice his opinion on the over-workedpopulation, he also relays his thoughts on why nature is so beautiful, communicating thethought that “[…] nature: that it is fascinating precisely for the things that humans do notunderstand, for the depths that consciousness cannot penetrate” (“Stopping by Woodson a Snowy Evening” 274). To start with, while the speaker is taking in the wonderfulscenery around him, the horse he has been riding grows impatient and shakes the bellson its harness. While the speaker is able to take in the woods’ beauty, the horse is leftmystified and confused on what could make them stop, unaware that themysteriousness of the woods is the reason (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”274). Additionally, “lovely” is the only word used to describe the beauty of hissurroundings; however, the darkness of the area is repeated twice throughout the poem,in line 8, “The darkest evening of the year” and line 13, “The woods are lovely, dark, anddeep” (Frost 1). One might ponder how darkness can be associated with beauty; it isbecause the mysteriousness of darkness and the idea of dark being beautiful itself iswhat makes this scene so appealing (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” 274).The speaker is attracted to what he does not fully understand, but he sees the beauty init nonetheless. To conclude, one of the factors that adds to the beautiful area are the3

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