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The Road Through The Woods Analysis Essay

In 'The Way Through The Woods' by Rudyard Kipling the poet describes the secret world  of nature that now exists because an old road no longer exists, and the trees, grass and animals have reclaimed it. The mysterious quality of the poem is helped by the vivid descriptions of the wildlife, the silence and the fact that no explanation is given.

However, one clue lies in the lines about the animals which live there, whichare...

In 'The Way Through The Woods' by Rudyard Kipling the poet describes the secret world  of nature that now exists because an old road no longer exists, and the trees, grass and animals have reclaimed it. The mysterious quality of the poem is helped by the vivid descriptions of the wildlife, the silence and the fact that no explanation is given.

However, one clue lies in the lines about the animals which live there, whichare secret to everyone except one person - the keeper! Had you thought about the possibility that this person may have been a gamekeeper? These workers patrolled the estates of rich landowners after common land was taken away from peasant use by fencing in, and due to economic circumstances times were often hard and hungry for the poor. Many would turn to a quick rabbit for the pot, salmon for the grill or even worse, pheasant for the oven! These game foods had to be protected from thieves ('poachers') who would lift them in the dead of night, by gamekeepers. These workers would march around with a gun, hauling out any poachers they found. One way of closing off their access was to fence in the land and any public footpaths or roads that crossed it.

This may seem uncharitable to us today, but faith in God was being shaken at this time and scientists were finding out new things shaking the foundations of the church, which was seen by some to be 'shutting the road to enlightenment.' So there may also be a message about that concealed within the poem.

Analysis of Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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Analysis of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is a very well know poem by Robert Frost. The poem appears to be very simple, but it has a hidden meaning to it. The simple words and rhyme scheme of the poem gives it an easy flow, which adds to the calmness of the poem. The rhyme scheme (aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd) and the rhythm (iambic tetrameter) give the poem a solid structure. The poem is about the speaker’s experience of stopping by the dark woods in the winter evening with his horse and admiring the beauty of the fresh fallen snow in the forest. Then, the speaker projects himself into the mind of his horse, speculating about his horse’s practical concerns and the horse…show more content…

why he stopped, may be he doesn’t know himself. May be, he is comparing the beauty of nature to something, but on a symbolic level, the snow strongly reminds me that the poem is set in winter, and which is also widely represented as the image of death.
In the second stanza, I see that the speaker wonders about what his horse is “thinking” which shows his interests are also in the outside world too, like his horse. He also takes certain pleasure seeing the scene from what he imagines to be his horse’s perspective. I think his horse is practical in nature, he thinks, while the speaker sits there dreaming, watching the snow fill up the woods. He just stands there dreaming, and thinking about his horse's feelings is the one thing that brings him back to reality. Death comes again in the typical image of night, as we’re told this is the “darkest evening of the year.” Also, it can either be taken literally as the most lightless night, or it can be taken as the night of the darkest emotions. I think that it is a combination of the two, a dark moonless winter night in which the speaker experiences some form of depression or loneliness.

In the third stanza, the speaker is brought back to reality. He's still drawn to the scene, evidenced by the way he notes the quietness of the country after hearing the harness bells shake. Although he's considered the needs of his horse to take journey towards home, he can't easily draw himself away from the beauty of the

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