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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Discussion Questions

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

The poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' is considered one of Robert Frost's finest works. The following discussion questions will assist your students in grasping the plot, theme, and subtleties of the literary piece.

Robert Frost

Robert Frost has enchanted countless readers with his seemingly charming tales of New England life. However, many of his well-known poems actually contain darker hidden meanings. These following discussion questions will assist your students in learning about the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, as well as the messages of its creator Robert Frost.

Questions on the First Stanza

How do you think Frost perceives the owner of the woods, as a friend or a foe? Why? He does imply he is keeping his visit secret from the owner.

If Frost had written 'are these' instead of 'these are' in the first line, how would that have changed the flow of the poem? Why?

How far do you think it is from the owner's house in the village to these woods? Why?

Do woods really literally fill up with snow? What picture does that line paint in a reader's mind?

Questions on the Second Stanza

How does Frost show fondness for his horse and how does he show worry for the horse's safety?

Where do you think the woods, village, and frozen lake are located in relation to each other, as the poem never really clarifies this point?

Why do you think Frost added the line 'the darkest evening of the year?' December is usually the darkest month, so do you think this was supposed to be set in December? Would any nearby Christmas lights make it less dark?

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