Robert Frost Poetry

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Robert Frost Poetry

Robert frost is a poet who often expresses himself through his poetry. His poems use simple, unsophisticated ideas, but underneath, they convey real meaning. One such poem is "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

On the surface level, the narrator is telling us about a time when he roasted awhile and watched the woods in wintertime. There is a deeper meaning than this, though, The poet is also talking about the beauty of nature. "The woods are lovely, dark and deep." he says. He also tells us that life is a too hectic and fast-paced to be able to enjoy these simple pleasures anymore. The horse "asks if there is some mistake," indicating that there is something out of the ordinary about resting and watching the nature around the rider, and the words "But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep" indicates what he really wants to do is watch, but he is bound by promises and the need for shelter to continue.

Robert Frost uses various techniques to reinforce the message outlined in stanza one. One of these is rhyme. The poem uses an unusual rhyme scheme. Each stanza (with the exception of the last) has one line rhyme with the next stanza's dominant rhyme. This scheme links the stanzas together and makes the poem seem harmonious in conveying meaning. The effect of this one has the reader seeing the time spent in the woods was really too short. In the last stanza, all of the lines rhyme, this deviating from the rhyme pattern of earlier stanzas. In fact, the last line is a repetition of the hardline: "And miles to go before I sleep." When the third line is repeated, it has the effect of slowing the...