Stopping by woods on a snowy evening analysis

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Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound's the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost


Life's Responsibilities

The speaker is drawn to the beauty and allure of the woods, which represents nature, but the 'promises' he made are, in fact, his own obligations, and responsibilities, and the woods tried to draw him away from society, civilization and the world of men.

Very often, there are temptations and distractions that will make us lose our attentions on what is important and interrupt what we are doing, they will try to lead us astray and sometimes, these distractions will blind us from our own paths, from our obligations and responsibilities. This poem reminds us even though there are distractions in the world, you cannot forget your responsibilities, they are the 'promises' you made. And that we should keep focus on our aims life offers us. In conclusion, the poet also reminds us that everyone in life have their shares of the up and downs, and we should choose well between the distractions and our responsibilities. Obligations are always more important than desires, no matter how tempting the desires are.


In this poem, Frost is deeply allured and...