Or is that word darkest misleading the reader? The speaker appears to be very kind and caring because he tries to understand what his horse is trying to tell him. Even still, he believes his location is irrelevant to God, who ultimately listens no matter what. His horse shakes his harness bells, questioning the pause; perhaps this place isn't on their usual route, or he is curious that there doesn't appear to be a farmhouse nearby. The horse here also stands for rustic common sense without any feelings, emotions and provocations of nature. On a deeper level the reader beings to question why is he not going to stay in the woods.
There is no definite answer as to why the speaker of the poem stopped. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. This poem clearly possesses pastoral elements; a beautiful, tranquil, and picturesque scene is eloquently painted through the careful use of descriptive language. · But line 3 of stanza 1 becomes the rhyme sound for the first, second and fourth lines of stanza 2: 'queer', 'near', 'year'. He attended Dartmouth and Harvard but didn't complete a degree at either school. The narrative sets up this subtle tension between the timeless attraction of the lovely woods and the pressing obligations of present time. The speaker finds these woods to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
He draws back from the attraction of the woods. May be, he is comparing the beauty of nature to something, but on a symbolic level, the snow strongly reminds me that the poem is set in winter, and which is also widely represented as the image of death. Poetic Technique Rhyme scheme Written in iambic pentameter, the rhyming scheme follows the pattern aaba-bbcb-ccdc-dddd with each stanza having the first, second and fourth line rhyming, whereas the third line pairs up with the first, second and fourth lines of the next stanza. Possibly you were drawn to this element of nature that is at once soothing to look at and dark in its association with cold, winter, and the silence of nature. The woods and its owner seem to be known to the rider, while the thought that the man would not come in this severe weather to check out on him trespassing upon his property gives him relief.
Symbols The deep, dark, snow-covered woods symbolize the wayside attractions that human beings often fall prey. There always has to be a reason to go somewhere or do something at a specific time, rather than to just enjoy scenery, to listen or to appreciate ones surroundings. This poems hidden messages are clear, and the literary devices used help the reader understand them. There is no logical or direct rational answer given to the horse, there is just the speaker's observation beautifully rendered in lines eleven and twelve, where alliteration and assonance join together in a kind of gentle sound dance. It's as if the speaker is sitting close by, thinking out loud, perhaps whispering. · This format is repeated in stanza 3: the first, second and fourth lines rhyme 'shake', 'mistake', 'flake' and the third line 'sweep' does not rhyme but it becomes the rhyme sound for stanza 4 'deep', 'keep', 'sleep', 'sleep'.
Personification Third stanza, lines nine and ten - the horse gives a shake as if to question why they have stopped. It is certainly winter, we know from the snow and cold, but darkest could just mean that, deep into the night, dark as ever. Then, the speaker projects himself into the mind of his horse, speculating about his horse's practical concerns and the horse communicates by shaking his harness bells, and his head impatiently wanting to continue the homeward journey forward. He also uses imagery when speaking about his horse. About the poem A didactic poem, it offers a galore of striking visual and auditory images, along with meaningful symbolism. The only other sounds the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. None of the vocabulary is difficult or unusual, and most of the most of the words are short and plain, for example 'woods', 'house', 'snow', 'horse'.
It shows that if he does nothing to help himself in this life he will not know true happiness anytime soon unless he gets out and fulfills it. He repeats this idea implying a determination to achieve the fixed goal of life before death. We can't just stand around and watch the snow falling. At the very start of the poem it gives a hint that the speaker likes the feeling of being isolated from civilization since the woods have no other houses or people nearby. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The dark woods symbolize the dark, impenetrable, unfathomable mystery of life, and snow as usual symbolizes the cold destructive force called death.
The speaker ponders what direction to take, whether to live as the moral man that he is, or to take the easy way out by taking his own life. Queer is a word that means odd or strange, and the implication is that this person doesn't ordinarily stop to admire the view; he only stops at farmhouses, to visit, to feed and water the horse? He claims to know the owner of the woods but he states that he the owner lives in the village and he or anyone else can see him trespassing. The horse here stands for rustic common sense without any feelings, emotions and provocations of nature. The poem begins with the speaker entering into these woods. The poem is often interpreted as conveying an attraction toward death, indicated in the final lines: '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. Here, in this poem, the foil is the horse. Perhaps the speaker wants to experience new things and places, but his responsibilities - his work, his family, his community - keep him from going off on dark and dangerous adventures.
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. In the first four lines of the poem, the speaker explains that he is trespassing on Also, the speaker makes it seem like the owner should be here with him, watching the scene of his woods in the snow. In the first stanza we find the poet to stop his horse in front of an unknown woods. It is alternately interpreted as a quiet, contemplative piece about pausing to observe nature and a poem about longing for death, which the darkness and snow are said to represent. There is also the feeling of depression as he is partly drawn back to his reality when the horse alerts him. This poem is often considered very simple; part of the reasoning for that thinking is the words or vocabulary contained in the poem.
Lines 9 - 12 The horse is uncertain, it shakes the bells on the harness, reminding the rider that this whole business - stopping by the woods - is a tad disturbing. The speaker implies that he is trespassing someone's property but he doesn't need to worry because that person is in the village and not there anywhere around. The village, owner as well as the farmhouse stands for the mundane world and human civilization. In a way, the speaker is intentionally isolating himself from society. What appears to be innocent is really not.
The poet perhaps tries pacifying his disturbed mind by taking solace in the ecstatic woods, being alienated from the world of men, retiring to a life of complete isolation. Again the tetrameter reassures and lulls the reader into a false sense of security - the language is simple yet the meaning can be taken two ways. They ought to be moving ahead; there's something about the way this person is fixed on the woods that worries the horse, apart from the cold and dark. But the speaker, the rider, the contemplative man on the horse, the would-be suicide, is already committed to his ongoing life. So the poet exaggerates the darkness here. In the second stanza, the horse is only a figment of his imagination.