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诗歌赏析:Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening  

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 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

 American Poet Robert Frost’s Nature Poem About Seclusion

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a poem about a speaker's desire to be alone in the forest.

Poet Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a speaker’s meditation on the desire to be away from the rest of society, secluded within the nature, avoiding the day-to-day obligations that can weigh people down. The speaker relishes the setting for a moment before resuming a journey that he must urge himself to proceed with.

 Nature Imagery and Seclusion: The First Three Stanzas

The poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” begins by describing the speaker in a wooded setting: “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” (Frost 1110). Here, Frost’s speaker likes the seclusion of being hidden away in the wilderness, alone. He knows that he is on someone’s property, but he will likely not be found gazing into the forest there.

 The second and third stanzas describe the setting with further imagery, explaining that the speaker and the speaker’s horse are located “Between the woods and frozen lake / The darkest evening of the year,” and that aside from the bells of the speaker’s horse’s harness, “The only other sound’s the sweep / Of easy wind and downy flake” (Frost 1110). The darkness and the quiet of this setting are emphasized here, the speaker dwelling on the silent peacefulness of the setting.

 The Speaker of the Poem and the Theme: The Last Stanza

The last stanza shows the speaker’s desire to remain in the woods, stating that “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” (Frost 1110). Clearly, the speaker has obligations that must be upheld, but wishes that was not the case. 

The loveliness of the woods and being alone in nature is extremely enticing, but the speaker urges himself to continue through the repetition of the last two lines. On the other hand, the last two lines may be seen as a lament on the speaker’s behalf about the trip that still lies ahead.

 The theme of the poem may be understood as self-imposed isolation from society bringing peace and tranquility to the speaker. Normally, darkness, cold, and loneliness are not seen in a positive light, but to this speaker these are “lovely.” It is the obligations and miles to be traveled that are not desirable, and being in society is not what the speaker wishes for in this poem.

 

Jan 14, 2010 Jeris Swanhorst

http://www.suite101.com/content/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening-a189439

 

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