Robert Frost is on the 2015 HSC poetry list.
My eldest stepson is studying 6 of his poems (rather reluctantly) with his class.
The major theme they’re exploring is discovery or self-discovery.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
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.
While I love nature poems for their visual simplicity and their links to human nature, I usually prefer metaphysical poets. Therefore Robert Frost is a journey of self-discovery for me as well!
I’m planning to explore the 6 HSC poems over the next few weeks to act as a resource for anyone studying Frost.
I started with this poem because I had heard of this one before.
We are fans of the cult TV series from a decade ago, called Roswell. When one of the main characters dies mysteriously, one of the clues left behind is the last three lines of this poem.
I found a lovely quote by Epictetus about self-discovery & obligation that seems to sum up Frost’s intentions with this poem,
Stopping by the Woods is a poem about choices & responsibility.
The stopping man is faced with the choice of staying quietly in the woods (a romantic, easy, dream-like experience) or moving on (facing up to reality) to his “promises to keep”.
I know this poem is a favourite of many North American bloggers. I thought I would throw this post out there for you to offer up your opinions on this poem.
Any thoughts on how it relates to discovery or self-discovery would be greatly appreciated 🙂