Stopping by the 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

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meghan
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 18:33:13

    In class Talia thought the last stanza was confusing. I think it is about someone who is on a long journey and thinks the woods are pretty but he/she knows they have to keep going to get it over with. I say that because in the second line of the last stanza it says “But I have promises to keep” that tells me he/she made a promise they will not stop on their journey. I also notice that in every stanza in the third line it doesn’t rhyme with the other lines in the stanza, but the word rhymes with the stanza that is after it.

  2. Spencer
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 18:48:23

    I first thought that this poem was about Santa Claus but then I changed my mind and think it is about a man who is riding his horse to his family that lives in a village. I think he is going back to his family for christmas. I think that because it says ” his house is in the village though.” I also think that it is the shortest day of the year. I think that because it says ” the darkest evening of the year.” I also think that it is the winter time and it is snowing. I think that because kaelee brought her poetry book anthology in and it had a picture of this poem.

  3. Rachel
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 08:42:15

    I don’t think a person can steel snow or own snow. πŸ˜‰

  4. Jarod
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 08:44:54

    Rachel you mean *steal*. Joke: Robert Frost the author goes to see his cousin, Robert Frost, his cousin.

  5. Faith
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 08:45:10

    I think that this poem is about a person that is trying to get to a party or family celebration for Christmas because the holiday that is coming up is Christmas and the poem describes being stuck on the way. I also think that this poem is about a family or a single person that is on a troop to go and visit his family and he is tired because in the last stanza it’s says And miles to go before I sleep twice so maybe he is really tired but doesn’t want to go to sleep because he can’t wait to go see his family.

  6. Rachel
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 08:46:38

    I noticed that in every second to last stanza doesn’t rhyme. πŸ˜‰

  7. Rachel
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 08:52:06

    I think the poet is going on a long journey. πŸ˜‰

    • Rose
      Dec 13, 2012 @ 10:46:19

      I agree with you that he’s going on a long jurney. I also can picture this poem happening in my head as I read it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Will
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 09:05:20

    The video looked like the people who made The Corpse Bride, Coraline, FrankinWeenie, and ParaNorman made a new movie that has this poem.

  9. Rose
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 10:49:02

    There is something about this poem that I really like. πŸ™‚

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