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The circumstances surrounding the composition of Robert Frosts poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening explain his use of the darkest evening of the year which is closely related it to the greater theme of perseverance in the face of hardship Frost wrote this poem in November 1923 on the same late night he finished his book New Hampshire Being a little excited from getting over-tired he decided to venture out into the wilderness probably to calm down Frost hitched his horse to a sleigh and left on his journey to eventually find the Woods in this poem Being in an auto intoxicated state the scene of the woods beside the frozen lake mesmerized Frost He eventually broke out of his trance possibly with the aid of his horse by thoughts of prior commitments The former statement is shown in the text by He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake and the latter by But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep According to Frost upon his return home Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening was written in a few minutes without any strain Therefore Frost wrote this poem about himself and his journey Literally The darkest evening of the year refers to the winter equinox on December 21st But if thought of symbolically this line could be the culmination of difficult work by the author to finish his book New Hampshire Furthermore the equinox aspect of The darkest evening of the year symbolizes the transition from the writing of a new book to its realization Therefore the meaning The darkest evening of the year is dual even if the poem was not written in December 21st In and of itself the poem is an extended metaphor for perseverance The reader only realizes this after having finished reading the poem because the information about the narrators prior commitments
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