Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening - Poem by Robert Frost

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.

Comments about Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

  • (11/19/2018 11:51:00 AM)

    I love this poem, it's so calming. I hope I can aspire to be a great poet like Frost some day. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/12/2018 10:28:00 AM)

    very calming indeed. (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2018 3:43:00 PM)

    i love this poem its calming and soothing i think my students are going to love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Krushna Chandra Ghosh (10/31/2018 8:34:00 AM)

    Excellent poem sir
    Thank you
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  • (10/28/2018 4:11:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me that I must be careful of the promises I make. This is a poem I love because I love it. (Report) Reply

  • (10/28/2018 4:07:00 PM)

    I love this poem for many reasons. The last line tells me that I must be careful when making promises. (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2018 10:39:00 PM)

    This is very nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2018 4:49:00 AM)

    I just love this poem, Indescribable, just so evocative. The harsh realities of life tearing us away, the inevitability of the human condition. We cannot tarry whatever the appeal as time marches on, and much to endure before the inevitability of death. (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 10:12:00 PM)

    Loved this poem as a student and later as an English teacher. The sounds in the 3rd stanza are so real. The repetition at t he end, so effective. I can hear it and see it as I read it. And that last line at the end reminds us of the hum drum reality of every day bybeside emphasizing the beauty of the woods by the stark comparison to daily life. (Report) Reply

  • (10/22/2018 7:23:00 PM)

    I have always loved this poem; so crisp and clean and full of promise as one would want as any traveler might bear upon this journey of life, (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2018 7:37:00 AM)

    My grandfather had Frost as an English teacher at Pinkerton Academy in 1910. He didn't think much of him. Frost took the job because he needed the money, and his heart wasn't in it, perhaps. (Report) Reply

    (10/21/2018 7:41:00 AM)

    This all got out of order. Sigh.

    A second explanation is that the woods are a dreamworld, a place of less responsibility and more contemplation. Frost may have intended only the mood, like staring at the embers of a dying fire, without death or dreams or reverie specifically intended, only that sort of thinking. I hold to that less-specific explanation myself, especially as Frost answered simply No when asked if it was about death.

    (10/21/2018 7:39:00 AM)

    Further things to notice are that the horse is contrastingly alive, and the village (as well as Frost's return to it) is contrastingly civilisation rather than the natural, even primeval woods.

    (10/21/2018 7:38:00 AM)

    As to meaning, the mood or tone of the poem drives us so strongly to the somber, wistful, and thoughtful that we rather have to interpret it that way. Many readers think the woods represents death, either his own or a recently-deceased friend's. Even suicide has been suggested, but that would usually be anxious, not peaceful in one's thoughts.

  • (10/19/2018 7:47:00 AM)

    What is meant of this poems can u explain to me (Report) Reply

    (10/20/2018 7:06:00 AM)

    Most poems are meant to be interpreted by the reader. I think this is one of them. It's very imagery-based, so I see it more as a description, while also giving a few lines that hint on the nature of the journey through the woods, like promises to keep and such.

  • (10/17/2018 7:42:00 AM)

    My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Grimes required us to memorize a poem each month and write it down. This is the only one I remember! (Report) Reply

  • Solomon Senxer (10/9/2018 2:00:00 PM)

    What a great poem! I have tried to have my own version of this poem. May be I''ll submit it someday! ! (Report) Reply

  • (10/8/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    This is a haunting, beautiful poem that transcends the deceptive simplicity of its language. When studied, rhyme
    patterns and word patterns emerge, and they are admirable in themselves, but overall, it's the mood that stays
    with the reader and plays out like music or painting.
    (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2018 12:20:00 PM)

    Hauntingly beautiful and poignant. (Report) Reply

  • (9/25/2018 3:17:00 PM)

    fake justin bieber? (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2018 8:28:00 PM)

    I had the privilage to teach it to my students (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2018 8:26:00 PM)

    Jawaharlal nehru kept it framed on his table to read everyday (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2018 10:10:00 AM)

    An inspiring poem...loved it❤️ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, January 25, 2016

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