Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Essay

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Jhan Hochman is a freelance writer and currently teaches at Portland Community College, Portland, OR. In the following essay. Hochman maintains that the apparent simplicity of this popular, well-known poem invites over analysis of its meaning.

Perhaps no poem of Robert Frost is more anthologized and studied than "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The poem appeared in Frost's collection, New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes (1923) for which he won one of four Pulitzer Prizes. Even Frost called the poem his "best bid for remembrance." "Stopping," describes an unremarkable moment: a driver stopping his horse-drawn buggy to look at the woods, his horse shaking the harness bells which the driver thinks is the horse's way of saying, "There must be some mistake," and the driver deciding it is time to move on. It is not known who the person is, nor whether male or...

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