Stopping by Woods on a snowy evening by Robert Frost
Robert Frost wrote a poem that depicts a man and his surroundings. Therefore, it is a poem whose theme is man and nature. How man takes time in his life to envision about nature. The poem’s persona finds himself and the horse, alone, in the woods. It’s dark too. The theme can be obtained by considering the tone of the poem. Before the speakers bring out the idea of danger in the woods, it’s clear that the tone is serene. Calm in a sense that it first represents tranquility. In the beginning, the speaker forgets about his life and takes his time to reflect about nature. As he thinks about the surroundings, he introduces the reader to a world of darkness. Nature can be dark too.
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He realizes that life awaits him and that he had a responsibility to move. (“Stopping by the Woods on a snowy Evening”). Its arrangement helps to explain the thesis. From the first line in the first stanza, the speaker shows doubts about the decision that he is making. The author also uses assonance by the abundant use of ‘e’ sounds. They are used to portray the restlessness of the speaker as a result of making a stop in an unusual place. (“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”)
Frost, Robert. Stopping by woods on a snowy evening. Ed. Ann Durell. Dutton, 1978.