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This poem is layered with different meanings and it requires the reader to contemplate Frosts emotions behind the words Like most of Frosts poems Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening can be read on several level yet you can ignore them all and still enjoy the surface meaning On the surface of this poem its talking about a man traveling through the woods with his horse and they stop near someones house The horse wants the man to continue but he wants to stay Being in the woods causes the man to reflect on the larger tensions between duty his promises to keep13 and the desire to do what he wants However in order to fully understand the emotions and the deeper meanings within this poem well analyze these three aspects of the poem images rhythms and meanings This entire poem uses words that paint very vivid images of gorgeous winter lovely dark woods and peacefulness which inside causes a certain friction or tension Also there is a sense of darkness in the poem such as in the darkest evening of the year8 and The woods are lovely dark and deep16 And the fact that the poem takes place in the isolated woods there is a certain quality of peacefulness and stillness being portrayed as in the frozen lake12 and The only other sounds the sweepOf easy wind and downy flake11-12 Between the woods and frozen lake7 This notion of being in between those two things is a significant tension in the poem Therefore without these exact words this poem could lack several layers of meaning and emotion Just below the surface there is the sleepdeath metaphor and the undercurrent of gentle longing for death tinges the surface with a melancholy that reinforces and plays off the night and winter images But the imagery o f the poem quoted above creates in the reader the actual feelings of peace beauty and tension
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