Robert Frost: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Analysis

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  • Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
    • "And miles to go before I sleep"
      • Realized he had to leave
      • Almost hypnotism by the forest
      • Moral: Love for beauty can be dangerous
      • Breaks rhythmic pattern because the beauty and hypnoses of the woods have stopped his thought
      • "miles to go" is the struggle we have during our life and "before I sleep" is death almost a break from the struggles
    • "The woods are lovely, dark and deep"
      • Moral: Love for beauty can be dangerous
      • Find comfort in being isolated and alone
      • Metaphor for life, it can be lovely but has a dark side and the dark is the inevitable end
    • He gives his harness bells a shake/to ask if there is some mistake"
      • A sense of animistic panic foreshadowing danger
      • Same as "The Wood Pile" (other Frost poem) as nature has a personality and Frost longs to talk
    • Structure: A, A, B A, B, B, C, B, C, C, D, C, D, D, D, D,
    • 4 lines, 4 stanzas, 4 stressed syllables

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