Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
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.
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening is a well-known Frost classic. Written in 1922 and published in 1923 it quickly became a poem to keep in memory and although many people know the words by heart, interpretation isn't quite as straightforward. Depending on how the poem is interpreted it could mean that the poet was far from home, or figuratively it could mean that he had much to accomplish before dying.
◾you have a lot to do before you can rest
◾to complete something before you die
A Means to Understand this Poem
Even though I am getting older, I am not ready to quit working yet. I have miles to go before I sleep, things I want to accomplish before I retire.