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 “Stopping by
Woods on a Snowy Evening” consists of four stanzas with four lines in them, all
but the third line of the first three stanzas rhyme making the poem flow in a
very conversational way. This is very characteristic of Robert Frost’s work, by
using easy vocabulary and consonant rich phrases he allows his words flow off
the tongue and stick with the reader. This almost rhythmic pattern of common
words never strays from his work, no matter how long the poem is. Many of
Frost’s poems also tell a story of a moment in someone’s life and most are in
first person. The poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is effortless to
read and describes a brief moment in the narrator’s life where he or she stops
to marvel at the tranquility of the woods in snowfall.

Following the story-like structure of many Frost
poems, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” starts with an introduction
stanza. “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.”, this is where the reader first finds out the setting of the poem. The
narrator is walking through a snow flurry and stops to admire the beauty of
their surroundings. This is also the first glimpse we get of the mindset of the
narrator. They acknowledge that maybe they shouldn’t be in the woods but they
then justify staying to watch the snowfall because the owner of the woods will
never know they were here. This stanza is already full of imagery, we can
easily picture a forest accumulating snow on a cold evening while someone looks
around to assure they are alone.

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The second stanza, “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.” further introduces that the narrator usually
doesn’t stop the way they did. It seems as if this is not the first time they
have passed by the woods and that the horse may have learned the route as well
as the narrator. By stopping to take in the beauty the narrator has now even
confused the horse with this unusual behavior.

The third stanza reaffirms that stopping to look at
the woods is a small and unusual gift the narrator is giving his or herself.
“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.” This gives us the
imagery of a horse shaking the snowflakes off of its back as well as the
auditory pleasure of imagining the sound of the sleigh bells cutting through
the beautiful silence snowfall creates. When I read I also tend to hear the
crunching sound that a horses hooves may make while it grows unsettled and kneads
the ground where it is standing.

The fourth and final stanza wraps up this short moment in the narrators
life as they snap back into their reality and remember their responsibilities
to others. “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