Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

“He gives his harness bells a shake”- Questions on this line

Questions“He gives his harness bells a shake”- Questions on this line
Sri Sai Daggubati asked 5 years ago

“He gives his harness bells a shake…” – Who is ‘He’ referred to here? Why does he shake his harness bells according to the poet? What figure of speech is used in this line?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 5 years ago

Here ‘he’ refers to the horse on which the narrator was travelling.

According to the narrator, the horse was giving a shake to his harness bells to ask him whether there was a mistake. It suggests that the narrator had never stopped there before. It was new to the horse’s experience to stop on the way in that woods.

The lines:

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

employs a fine piece of personification of the horse. It is addressed like a human being as ‘He’ and the verb ‘to ask’ is used to give it even more prominence.

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K.Jayakrishna skandhan answered 1 week ago

He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake. This shows that the narrator had never stopped the horse there before
 

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