stylistic analysis of stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Essay by AbdulelahUniversity, Master'sF, August 2014

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This paper aims to analyze Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" from the perspective of stylistic analysis. This analysis is made under the Graphlogical, Grammatical, Syntactical and Phonological patterns. I have also found tropes and schemes that are present in the poem. This paper is so helpful to analyze the structure and style of Robert Frost's poetry, his themes, views and treatment of nature.

Keywords: Style, Stylistics, Robert Frost, Loneliness, conflict, hostile nature, faith, phonological level, grammatical level and Graphlogical level.


"Style" is a word derived from Latin word "elocution" which means style and means "lexis" in Greek. Style is a broader term. It has several meanings in and outside of the literary text. A particular procedure by which something is done, a manner or a way is style. Broadly, appearance of everything is style. The way of doing something or the way of living is also style.

Style is also related to a personality of a person. A style reflects the thoughts of a person's mind. It describes the way of writing and reading of a person.


Stylistics is a branch of applied linguistics concerned with the study of style in texts. Before 20th century stylistics deals only with literary texts. But from 20th century, it started to deal with none literary texts. For instance: religion, low, advertisements, newspapers, etc. Katie Wales in A Dictionary of Stylistics writes " The goal of most stylistics is not simply to describe the formal features of texts for their own sake but in order to show their interpretation of the text, or to relate literary effects to linguistics causes where there are felt to be relevant". Stylistic analysis provides a commentary which is objective and scientific based on a concrete quantifiable data...