What makes this a good poem. Robert Frost

Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

This poem only scored a 3 on allpoetry.com auto-rank. So what makes it a good poem?

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.

One thought on “What makes this a good poem. Robert Frost”

  1. This poem drops us right inside the mind of Robert Frost, no doubt this poem’s muse is generated from an actual event, perhaps elaborated on a little as is the custom of many a poet. It’s as if we’re right there thinking and reacting to what he’s experiencing. Note the end rhyme in the second and fourth line of each stanza. Also the even 8 syllable count per line gives it a hypnotic rhythm.


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