How does the poet Robert Frost create a sense of utter isolation and silence in the poem ‘Stopping by woods on a snowy evening’? Why does he do so?
The poet has been successful to create the atmosphere of isolation and silence by using several expressions in the poem. The speaker has mentioned that the owner of the woods lives in the village and so he won’t see him stopping there. This brings an impression that he is actually all alone there. Again, the words ‘the darkest evening of the year’ and ‘between the woods and frozen lake’ have added to the sense of gloom, mystery and isolation. And finally the speaker mentions that there were only three sounds: the sound of the harness bells of his horse, the sounds of the easy wind and the downy flake. This confirms that silence prevailed all around.
The poet has created this atmosphere of isolation and silence probably to give us an impression that we are all alone in this world. This life is a lonely journey. Sometimes we stop on the way to see and enjoy life’s beauty, but in the broader range, we have to fulfill the tasks we are assigned to before we go to sleep, i.e., death.