Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Justify the title of the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

QuestionsJustify the title of the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Suchanda Mandal asked 5 years ago

Comment on the appropriateness of the title of the poem “Stopping by woods on a snowy evening” By Robert Frost.

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 5 years ago

Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by Woods’ shares with us an experience of the speaker who stopped on his way to enjoy the beauty of the snowy-filled woods one evening. Though he wanted to stay there for longer to watch the lovely dark and deep woods, he could not. He had to go, as he had promises to keep and a long way to go before he sleeps.

So, the title of the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is rather simple and straightforward. It is something that suggests the very outline of the story that someone stopped by the woods on a certain snowy evening. Moreover, this title has the potential to build curiosity, as people generally don’t stop in the dark woods, that too on a snowy evening. So, we the readers feel that there might be something interesting in it. So, thematically, the title is just and apt.

But of course, given the allegorical interpretation of the poem, the title could have been something more symbolic like “Miles to Go Before I Sleep” or even “Promises to Keep”. But Frost was a poet who did not like to experiment in terms of technique in poetry. So, he went for a rather straightforward choice of title in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and that is an apt choice too.

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