Bring out the distinctness of Robert Frost as a nature poet with reference to ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.
Robert Frost, America’s most popular poet in his time, used to write about “real situations, the countryside and landscape, people who had found contentment despite privation; he was particularly concerned with isolation and the failure to communicate” (Edward Albert).
In the present poem we can see the reflection of Albert’s statement everywhere. In ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ Frost has painted a landscape of snow-covered woods in a lonely countryside. The sense of isolation and silence is accentuated by the ‘dark and deep’ forest in the ‘darkest evening of the year’.
However, depicting the beauty of nature alone has not been Frost’s aim. Rather, he wanted to deliver a learning through his poems. Here lies his distinctness. His own definition of the aim of poetry — “It begins in delight and ends in wisdom” — holds truth in the present poem. “Stopping by Woods” begins with a picturisation of a landscape which the poet finds beautiful and enjoyable and ends with a great message of duty in human life.
One more thing to mention here, Robert Frost is exceptional in his poem here to find beauty in the dark snow-covered woods. While many other poets would paint this landscape as a gloomy and desolate one, Frost has managed to find beauty in cold, in silence and in isolation. That is why he is a nature poet different from others.