Dec 23, 2009

Don't stop thinking about the woods

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost's deceptively straightforward poem is a vignette about a man who takes a quiet, dramatic pause in the snow-filled woods of New England on a dark winter's night and turns it into a meditation on the tempting allure of "giving up" to nature and to death. It's about the  longing for beauty, peace, solitude, isolation, the escape into oblivion versus the responsibilities and trappings of society. An excellent close reading of this poem can be found in Terry Eagleton's How to Read a Poem [link]