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Nov 17th, 2011 at 16:21 GMT
had to memorize this one in elementary/middle school, and i never forgot it 'cause i've always thought it so lovely. :) as an adult i heard a theory that the narrator stops because he's contemplating suicide; i choose to believe that people who hold that view are reading too much into it.
Nov 17th, 2011 at 17:53 GMT
@courtneyyy I mean this in a lovely way butttt I think you're not reading enough into it! Frost always spoke of "ulteriority" - the deeper, more powerful motive that subtly occurs beneath surface - and his poems often, if not always, have this hidden meaning. In this case, it might not necessarily be suicide but the poem is definitely a metaphor for something :)
Nov 17th, 2011 at 18:43 GMT
Probably just me, does anyone else automatically hear The Friendly Giant reading this to Jerome and Rusty? I think that was my first introduction to poetry.
Nov 17th, 2011 at 21:35 GMT
I too memorized this poem in middle school. I pull it out every now and then to prove to my friends that I'm cultured then I go back to drinking beer and watching football! I'm a bit surprised that "easy" was the least guessed word. I thought that it would be "downy".
Nov 17th, 2011 at 22:33 GMT
Robert Frost and I share the same birthday. Well, he was born over a hundred years before me, but it still counts! Love this one.
Nov 17th, 2011 at 23:35 GMT
One of two poems I know by heart (the other is Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Prayer to Persephone"). Bienenstock, I think 'downy' is more memorable because it fits; 'easy wind' is kind of an odd phrase, so maybe that's why people forget 'easy.'
Nov 18th, 2011 at 02:13 GMT
Kind of neat to know that the one word that had escaped my memory was the one that escaped most other people. (I thought about making a pun about that, but it was too easy.)
Nov 18th, 2011 at 02:47 GMT
Love this one. I was in a small singing ensemble in high school and we sang a version of this poem set to music. It was gorgeous. I always hear the tune in my head when I see it now.
Nov 18th, 2011 at 04:35 GMT
@Major_Tom: i never said there was no deeper meaning; of course there is. the key detail in what i said before is that i *choose* not to let my own pleasant memories of the poem be tarnished by one particularly unpleasant interpretation. after all, it is possible to go deep without going dark. :)
Nov 18th, 2011 at 08:52 GMT
Yet another beautiful poem memorized because of sporcle. Thank you sporcle :)
Nov 18th, 2011 at 11:58 GMT
stopping by woods on a snowy christmas eve as the sun is setting, wrapped up in a scarf and with church bells ringing in a nearby village. Without sounding like a wimp, is anything more wonderful on earth than that image?
Nov 18th, 2011 at 14:03 GMT
Somehow I'd forgotten about this beautiful poem which was once dear to me. Thanks for restoring this memory.
Nov 18th, 2011 at 18:22 GMT
@Bienenstock Can't say I'm surprised at the least guessed word. I came up with a good dozen of two-syllable adjectives that could describe a winter wind, and I never would have thought of that one.
Nov 18th, 2011 at 18:59 GMT
Only reason I knew this was from Fozzie trying to recite it on the Muppets while Gonzo kept trying to sing Hernando's Hideaway... Lovely poem, Sporcle has educated me :)
Nov 18th, 2011 at 21:19 GMT
I don't think it has to be suicide, but the narrator clearly wishes he could stop working and "keeping promises" and just rest, whether that be in death or in some other form of relaxation. He is busy keeping his obligations when he is distracted, caught up by the beauty of the woods. His horse tries to pull him out of his stupor, to get him back on track, but each time the narrator notices the horse, he then goes right back to admiring the woods. Finally, he submits to his obligations and leaves on his weary way. I say this poem to myself whenever I have to do work or other life obligations I wish I could avoid but can't.
Nov 19th, 2011 at 16:03 GMT
I love this poem. I had to memorize it in 4th grade. I believe Frost read it at President Kennedy's Inaguration.
Nov 19th, 2011 at 21:48 GMT
My English teacher once told me that he had his class write an analysis of the poem, and a boy wrote about how the narrator was Santa Claus...
Nov 21st, 2011 at 21:50 GMT
My favorite poem! So embarrassed that I forgot some of it though. As to the debate over what it means, I know I always thought it there was a suicide angle there, but I could swear I read somewhere that that wasn't Frost's intent. @courtneyyy If you do look at it that way, it's not dark at all, but really positive...at least I've always thought so.
Dec 4th, 2011 at 19:13 GMT
I memorized this in first grade.
Jan 26th, 2012 at 22:18 GMT
I love this poem. So beautiful.
Feb 13th, 2012 at 02:59 GMT
I think that the relationship between the man and the woods is that between life and death. You must be able to see that the woods are beautiful because they are apart of nature. Without death, we have no life. We must be able to see death for what it is, understand that there can be peacefulness and terror inside it, but continue on with our lives, not fearful of our own mortality. That's what I think. It is not dark enough for me to go the whole 'all about death and suicide' angle.
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