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Robert frost Summary On the surface this poem is simplicity itself The speaker is stopping by some woods on a snowy evening He or she takes in the lovely scene in near-silence is tempted to stay longer but acknowledges the pull of obligations and the considerable distance yet to be traveled before he or she can rest for the night Form The poem consists of four almost identically constructed stanzas Each line is iambic with four stressed syllables Within the four lines of each stanza the first second and fourth lines rhyme The third line does not but it sets up the rhymes for the next stanza For example in the third stanza queer near and year all rhyme but lake rhymes with shake mistake and flake in the following stanza The notable exception to this pattern comes in the final stanza where the third line rhymes with the previous two and is repeated as the fourth line Do not be fooled by the simple words and the easiness of the rhymes this is a very difficult form to achieve in English without debilitating a poems content with forced rhymes Commentary This is a poem to be marveled at and taken for granted Like a big stone like a body of water like a strong economy however it was forged it seems that once made it has always been there Frost claimed that he wrote it in a single nighttime sitting it just came to him Perhaps one hot sustained burst is the only way to cast such a complete object in which form and content shape and meaning are alloyed inextricably One is tempted to read it nod quietly in recognition of its splendor and multivalent meaning and just move on But one must write essays Or study guides Like the woods it describes the poem is lovely but entices us with dark depths--of
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