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Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowy Woods

This snowy scene was taken in the New Jersey Pine Barrens in Double Trouble State Park, which we visited often when we lived in NJ. It reminded me of a favorite poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening; maybe it's also a favorite of yours.


Poet Robert Frost wrote Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening in 1922, two years before he won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes. That happened in 1923, when this poem was  published in his New Hampshire volume.

Frost wrote the poem in June at his Vermont home. He had stayed up all night writing the longer poem, New Hampshire, and when finished, realized that it was morning. Stopping to watch the sunrise, he had the idea for this poem, writing about a snowy evening in several minutes and in summertime. 

Born in San Francisco, CA, Frost spent most of his years in New England. When asked to reveal the "hidden" meaning of his poems, he replied, "If I wanted you to know, I'd have told you in the poem."

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening has been used to eulogize notables, including the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. 
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
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. 

by Robert Frost

7 comments:

Rebecca said...

That's one of my favorites, too!

Sandra said...

that is one awesome snow pic and so pristine and nothing has bother it. really beautiful and fits the poem to a T

Ludwig Keck said...

You said it just as beautifully with the photo! Serene and so beautiful!

A Quiet Corner said...

I haven't thought about that poem since high school!...:)JP

William Kendall said...

It's been awhile since I've seen that poem.

Beautiful shot!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

Beautiful photo!

Have a Good Yule!

Christer.

Daisy said...

Lovely photo, and that poem is one I really like too.

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