A POEM OF REALITY
Robert Frost takes our imagination on a journey through his poem of true reality “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” This poem by Robert Frost is an indirect expression of nature’s beauty that produces a mental picture in the reader’s mind. In addition, the description of the poem also reminds of social responsibilities that a human being has made commitment to take care. The poem also creates the deep meaning of reality of a person who is away from nature’s beauty in order to maintain the social responsibilities that he has promised. As the reader reads the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” notices that in the first stanza, the speaker of the poem stops to enjoy the beauty of woods covered with snow. Furthermore, the speaker is aware that the woods by which he is stopping belong to someone in the village. “His house is in the village.” The narrator is also aware of perception that stopping is increasingly called loitering and knows that he should keep moving if he is to remain above suspicions. He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.
However, the speaker has established his pleasure of enjoying the beauty of woods and waited there being above suspicions to hold his beautiful image into his mind. As society and community reminds us of our social responsibilities. Similarly, in the opening line of second stanza horse is indirectly compared to society which reminds him of social responsibilities. Secondly, it is not the woods that bother the horse so much, but the horse is curious about its master’s (speaker) strange behavior of lingering so long where there is no farmhouse and nothing except the woods and frozen lake. The horse is also puzzled by his actions and is curious to find the reason for his odd stopping. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake.
This curiosity of horse and the action of narrator indirectly represents society’s eye on a person strange behavior. It is true that if a person behaves out of norm that society will look at him with different angle and force him to fit in the definition of society and try to remind him of his responsibilities. In addition, the opening of the third stanza begins with an auditory image of the harness bells. The auditory image of harness bells provides contrast to the quiet of the scene where the only sounds are winds and snow. Although, the greater emphasis of this stanza is on silence means the speaker wants to enjoy the beauty in peace and please him by enjoying it. However, harness bells represents the call of social responsibilities by