Analysis of Two Robert Frost Poems, 'Desert Places' and 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'

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Robert Frost takes our imaginations to a journey through wintertime with his two

poems 'Desert Places' and 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'. Frost

comes from a New England background and these two poems reflect the beautiful

scenery that is present in that part of the country. Even though these poems both

have winter settings they contain very different tones. One has a feeling of

depressing loneliness and the other a feeling of welcome solitude. They show

how the same setting can have totally different impacts on a person depending on

their mindset at the time. These poems are both made up of simple stanzas and

diction but they are not simple poems.

In the poem 'Desert Places' the speaker is a man who is traveling through

the countryside on a beautiful winter eventing. He is completely surrounded with

feelings of loneliness. The speaker views a snow covered field as a deserted

place. 'A blanker whiteness of benighted snow/ With no expression, nothing to

express'. Whiteness and blankness are two key ideas in this poem. The white

sybolizes open and empty spaces. The snow is a white blanket that covers up

everything living. The blankness sybolizes the emptyness that the speaker feels.

To him there is nothing else around except for the unfeeling snow and his lonely


The speaker in this poem is jealous of the woods. 'The woods around it

have it - it is theirs.' The woods symbolizes people and society. They have

something that belongs to them, something to feel a part of. The woods has its

place in nature and it is also a part of a bigger picture. The speaker is so alone

inside that he feels that he is not a part of anything. Nature has...