Evaluation of R. Frosts' "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

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This poem is written simply, but it goes deeper on many levels. There is nothing that dumbfounds us when we read it, but a higher level of thought allows us to analyze and discover what Frost is trying to convey. Time spent contemplating this poem is like time spent looking at the night sky; you keep finding more and more little stars like you can keep finding alternate meanings, and inferences.

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," changes my mood whenever I think about it. It is written about a man on a harsh, icy cold night, in complete solitude. This brings on a feeling of peaceful solitude. Yet, it is a deep dark feeling of solitude. A man, who is probably riding on a one-horse sleigh, has halted in the middle of a serene setting. The peacefulness of the frosty forest and the icy lake, combined with the darkest night of the year set the stage.

The man supposedly knows who owns the woods and does not think that the owner will see him stopping there. The man is content with being in the present and sitting in his sleigh watching the snow. His horse reacts to the situation in a manner that makes us think they were on a schedule. The horse shakes his bells to arouse his driver's senses, but there is no mistake. The one-horse sleigh is simply sitting on the road in the middle of a natural masterpiece.

Frost has created a simple poem that seems ordinary at first but it is deep. The imagery used in creating the poem is not extravagant but it fits in perfectly with the poem. The vocabulary is smooth and rhythmic. This quote from "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a description...