“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
The poem starts with the speaker standing in the woods. Houses are beyond the vision of the speaker and the quietness marks the scene. It is snowing heavily. The owner of the house will not watch the poet. The poet is watching his woods, which is filled up with snow. In the second stanza, the poet introduces a foil. The horse here stands for rustic common sense. The horse wonders why the man stopped there by the jungle. There is not a farm house near between the woods and frozen lake. It is the darkest evening of the year. The horse shakes his harness bells. He seems to ask if there is anything wrong. There was no other sound but the soft snow falling on the trees. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. They seem to invite the poet. But the poet has miles to go before he sleeps.