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Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Rating: 4.6

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
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Billy Joel 06 January 2014

this poem is the shit

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Shanice Morrison 09 January 2013

What a wonderful poem!

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Hello Boone 05 July 2012

There is no beauty or optimism in this poem, only gloom. The poem is best summed up in this way: For the working man in society, life sucks and then you die. “Hey, you there! Yes, you, dallying by my woods! Don't you have somewhere to be? I suppose your employer enjoys throwing his hard earned money away so you can sit out here in the cold gawking at trees? “Oh, forgive me. Are you sad about something? Having some personal hardship, are you? Are you feeling sorry for yourself? Well, boo-hoo and too bad for you! Now stop this foolishness and get on with it! There is work to be done, and it is not going to get done with you lagging here. “Oh, and let me tell you this, you loitering fool. You can just dropp these fantastic ideas you have about running off to live a natural life or thinking about the life you should have lived. Put away this nonsense about living for yourself, free and easy in the wilderness like a savage. Those days are gone. And they're gone for you, too. No doubt, you have a family and probably plenty of debt, by the looks of you. So get on with it. “Oh, someday, you'll get to die, yes, but that's a long way off. So get back to work.”

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J. Scouler 14 January 2014

To me, it seems he is talking about ones darkest hour? When our heart breaks, really breaks, death may seem like the answer. Death can seem like beautiul dark peace. As we contemplate this dark peace, it does however, occur to us that there is still much unfinished business, promises to keep, hearts we may break if we CHOOSE to sleep.

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Rutul Shah 01 May 2013

i can only see a metaphor here.. woods represent a beautiful women whom he meets on his way of life bt she belongs to someone else(his house is in the village, he will not see me stopping there) horse represents the poet's heart. which asks him if there is a mistake (ofcourse because he is on his way for somthing else, the woman belongs to some1 else) darkest evening of the year represents a thing which wont b observed by others. poet appreciate the beauty of woman (woods are lovely dark and deep) but he cannot be wth her for more time as he already has some1 in his life (promises to keep) and he wil hv to go back to his own life and he cannot have her.(miles to go before i sleep)

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Indira Renganathan 22 March 2021

'But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.'....preaching words that suit every one.....many stars

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Vanidia Ogega 18 January 2021

Your may be another's heaven.

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Dr Antony Theodore 07 December 2020

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. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru of India had it written and kept on his table. great lines. tony

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Andrew Blakemore 10 October 2020

One of his finest poems, lovely imagery.

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Michael Flynn 29 September 2020

Perfect! A beautiful image!

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