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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost


"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem is about a man riding a horse to someone's house. Along the way, he stops in the middle of the woods with no one around nor houses to be found. The poem must be about a memory of the poet's or perhaps some other "promise". The rider continues on throughout the darkness to get to the village to meet the man.

This poem is written in quatrains. Each stanza rhymes as AABA.


Stopping by 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.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Evening, Snow, Animal

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