Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

- Reed Clements

Whose woods these are I think I know                                                                                               His house is in the village though;                                                                                                  He will not see me stopping here                                                                                                      To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer                                                                                                 To stop without a farmhouse near                                                                                                     Between the woods and frozen lake                                                                                                The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake                                                                                                  To ask if there is some mistake.                                                                                                     The only other sound’s the sweep                                                                                                    Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,                                                                                            But I have promises to keep,                                                                                                             And miles to go before I sleep,                                                                                                        And miles to go before I sleep.


  1. Speaker is saying that he has miles to go before he sleeps twice to show the reader that he will be travelling a long distance before he is able to sleep.
  2. In the poem, the man in the house is not aware that there is someone outside. This shows Dramatic irony because the reader knows something that the man in the house does not.
  3. The poem gives an eerie mood by using certain words or sentences. For example, “Darkest evening of the year” shows that it is very dark outside and the man inside the house would most likely have no awareness of the man on his land.
  4. The setting must be in the winter time because of the amount of snow that the speaker describes.
  5. The setting the speaker describes


6) The only sound that the speaker can here is the sound of the snow blowing

7) He shakes his bells to make sure that the man is not awake

8) The farmhouse is beside a frozen lake

9) The speaker has other work he has to do that night before he can go to sleep

10) Hes not sure if he is at the right house at first because it is dark and the snow is thick.

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