“My little horse must think it queer” — what is queer for the horse and why does he think so, as stated in the poem “Stopping by woods in a snowy evening” by Robert Frost?
According to the speaker, the stoppage between the woods and a frozen lake without a farmhouse near is queer or strange for the horse.
This is because they usually stop near a farmhouse and this is for the first time that they have stopped in the woods.
The little horse in the poem is a reminder for the poet to perform his duties and responsibilities. The queer thing about the horse is that there was no farmhouse near where the horse would take some rest and they usually stopped near a farmhouse only.
A horse is an animal that was created to have animal instincts. A man is created to have emotions and intellect with which to make thoughtful decisions. Each has their place in the world. Here, the horse is confused by no cabin, and other missing things he is used to. He can’t see any reason for stopping if these things/this data are absent. The man, on the other hand, can’t succumb to instincts. He has to consider what needs to be done yet, and by free choice, he must return from a wonderful emotional experience and fulfill his responsibilities.