Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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Mind Map on Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, created by chrlwllms on 04/28/2015.

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
  1. Themes
    1. Loneliness
      1. We discover that the narrative persona is far away from any human contact and enjoys it this way - he is happy that no one is there.
        1. Pathetic fallacy is used to develop the theme of loneliness - adjectives "frozen" and "dark" both create a melancholic tone.
          1. The idea of being alone links to Frost's depression - he enjoyed his company and avoided human contact.
      2. Nature
        1. Frost uses the woods to develop the theme of nature as like the poem, they hide depth which creates mystery.
        2. Choices
          1. The narrative persona makes choices which his horse does not agree with - whether he stays in the woods fill up with snow or to return to to the security and warmth of the village.
            1. The personal pronoun "I" suggests that the poem is about the poet - the horse could be an extended metaphor for Frost as it is constantly personified.
        3. Context
          1. Frost wrote the poem in June 1922 at his home in Vermont.
            1. He wrote the new poem "about the snowy evening" and "the little horse" as if he had a hallucination.
              1. A passage from the poem was read when John F. Kennedy's casket was brought to the White House as Frost was one of Kennedy's favourite poets.
              2. Summary
                1. The poem describes the thoughts of a lone rider who pauses at night during his travel to watch snow falling in the woods.
                  1. It ends with the narrative persona reminding themselves that they have far to go until they are able to sleep despite the beautiful sight before them.
                2. Structure
                  1. The poem is written in iambic tetrameter (mono-syllabic words which build a fast pace) in the Rubaiyat (a collection of quatrains) stanza.
                    1. The overall rhyming scheme of the poem is AABA-BBCB-CCDC-DDDD.
                    2. Language
                      1. Repetition of the noun "woods".
                        1. The wood the narrative persona is in acts as a boundary between different areas (the wood and village) or lifestyles.
                        2. Anaphora of the verb "sleep".
                          1. It has connotations of not only peace and rest, but also dormancy and death. The anaphora suggests that the narrative persona has travelled a long way both physically (reinforced by the noun "miles") and mentally (implied by Frost's depression).
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