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Robert Frosts poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a calm toned simple and very clear poem about one person who stops to admire the woods on a dark winter night However with the complex use of language such as ambiguity and metaphors in a manner create a dichotomy between comfort and deathTo begin with the speaker identifies the woods as both menacing and welcoming which produces rich ambiguity For instance in the first stanza we find the repetition of soft letters such as w and s suggesting the woods whispering to him Whose woods these are I think I know 1 Also it would appear the repetition of these certain letters in line 12 Of easy wind and downy flake Leaving us with hesitation wondering if these whispers are either welcoming or threatening On another note certain elements found in this poem proceed to give off the sense of uncertainty such as the choice of words For example found in line 5 My little horse must think it queer While describing his horse as little the speaker sets an image of his horse being of small size and not dangerous which contributes to the welcoming aspect of this poem However typically horses follow habits and when something seems unusual to them they dont like it Therefor the speakers horse is uncomfortable with the fact that his owner has stopped in the middle of the woods which makes it seem that something is wrong A further example on this topic is the speakers use of the oxymoron The woods are lovely dark and deep 13 The use of the word lovely signifies the pleasant and calming aspect of the abandoned woods But on the contrary the words dark and deep evidently can be associated with the concept of death which brings me to my next pointSecondly as the woods present two faces the persona has uncertain feelings towards death Thus death is presented
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