This is a common experience many students will recognize, as they also have obligations that keep them from doing the things they really want to do. Both worlds have claims on the poet. 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. This leaves open the question of just how much arguing is left to be done before any action is taken. All the respective verses conform to the a-a-b-a rhyming scheme. One is tempted to read it, nod quietly in recognition of its splendor and multivalent meaning, and just move on.
Notice how he doesn't say he knows who owns these woods; he says he thinks he knows. Serene Interpretation On the one hand, the speaker wants to take a moment to pause in a quiet spot to watch the snow falling, perhaps to soothe his mind and contemplate nature. We can't just stand around and watch the snow falling. Is the evening, say, the winter solstice, literally darkest? The woods represent opportunities that can be explored or risks that can be taken. Some have even suggested there is a wish for suicide in these words. The narrator knows the owner of the woods and even where he lives.
And the important thing here is that the poet repeats the last line to attract the attention of the readers. The poem is about a man stopping to admire the beauty that are the woods on a snowy night on his way to complete his task. The poem start with a hint of doubt shown by the narrator about ownership of the forest that lies in his path towards his destination. Its linked pattern seems completed and resolved in the final stanza, underlining the effect of closure: aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd. Below are two analytical interpretations of the poem. The bells potentially represent a wake up call — asking the narrator to come back to civilization, to logos, to reason, to custom. Certainly, by the end of the line, he has a pretty good guess.
Deep dark and lovely woods motivate mind. The closing repetition emphasizes the speaker's commitment to his responsibilities. This he considers as a questioning act which is deliberately done, by the horse, to raise the point about the narrator forgetting the correct address of their destination. The repetition of the line 'miles to go before I sleep' emphasizes the long journey of his life. This line begins as a question, and we're totally ready to get on board the question train, but then, halfway through the line, he switches it up.
But then as we go to the second stanza, we see that the outlier carries over into the second stanza. His parents William Prescott Frost and Isabel Moodie met when they were both working as teachers. The question immediately presents itself, however, of a possible disjunction between form and theme, even as they seem to work in tandem. He wishes that he could stay, but has other responsibilities, so he goes home. Frost has captured the beauty of the nature in these lines artistically and the entire poem seems a beautiful portrait of nature.
The Narator ends the poem with the last two lines which has a deep meaning, the narator says that he has 'miles to go' before he sleeps. When we first read the poem, it looks like an ordinary poem but once we go in depth and understand the meaning, it becomes so much more. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. It is alternately interpreted as a quiet, contemplative piece about pausing to observe nature and a poem about longing for death, which the darkness and snow are said to represent. The last line is repeated, however; and while at first it seems little more than a literal reference to the journey he has to complete and so a way of telling himself to continue on down the road , the repetition gives it particular resonance. He seems unwilling to be a part of this mechanized society, wishing a secluded, peaceful life. So there is a bit of irony here in that the more famous poem came to Frost very quickly and easily, but the lesser famous one he worked long and hard at.
Then we are almost ready to fall into the snow with the speaker. Yet the intensity of the winter cold has rendered the lake frozen. Whose woods these are I think I know. But at the same time they are his, the poet's woods, too, by virtue of what they mean to him in terms of emotion and private signification. The poet later on skips the identity, in order to move along the imperative aspect of the poem.
Frost's poem employs, significantly; the present tense. The poem is made up of four stanzas, each with four stressed syllables in iambic meter. Note we did get a contrast like this in the first stanza. This is the darkest part of the year—not just the witching hour, but the creepiest witching hour of the entire year, and here is the narrator out in the thick it. Now, to begin with our interpretation.
Could it be, given the way that snow concentrates light? Imagine you are driving on a road at night that goes through some wooded country area on a wintry night. Copyright © 1997 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Thomas C. God created the world, but he is not present in the world. And then, in an equally easy transition, the teamster returns to himself, remembering that he has promises to keep and miles to go before he sleeps. The poem is made to make the mind just that.
We shall be judged finally by the delicacy of our feeling for when to stop short. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. Finally, he gives in to his long-ish journey and awaiting obligations. . Perhaps this is okay, because there is no fifth stanza. This contrast between what might be termed, rather reductively perhaps, 'realistic' and 'romantic' attitudes is then sustained through the next two stanzas: the commonsensical response is now playfully attributed to the narrator's horse which, like any practical being, wants to get on down the road to food and shelter.