Figure of speech in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

QuestionsFigure of speech in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Pavan asked 2 years ago

Find out and explain the figures of speech and other poetic devices used in the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ is not that rich in the use of figurative languages. But the ones found in the poem are as follows —


Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds in the beginning of nearby words.

He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.


Personification is attribution of human characteristics to non-human objects.

My little horse must think it queer

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.

In the above lines the horse has the ability to think like humans and to ask if there is a mistake.


Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement.

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

‘Fill up with snow’ to mean the snow-covered woods is a deliberate exaggeration from the poet.

Allegory and Symbolism

As most readers and critics find it, the entire poem is an allegory with an inner meaning in addition to its surface meaning. The ‘promises’ are symbolic of life’s responsibilities and ‘sleep’ is symbolic of death. The poet cannot enjoy the beauty of the woods as he has promises to keep and miles to go before he sleeps. The poet hints at the need of a strong sense of duty restraining the temptations of life.

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