Thereare several learning outcomes that were achieved while completing this assignment.The first one was: display the knowledge of the influence of one or more of thesubsequent subjects of the discipline: race, culture, gender, values and/or environment.
This learning outcome was achieved because I displayed how the environment was importantin the poem and how the environment affected the main character emotionally. Also,the main character’s values and culture were mentioned in my analysis becausethey were analyzed. The character’s values of wanting to continue the journeyand not give up, influenced the tone, plus the plot of the poem. Gender andrace were not a large part of my analysis because the character’s gender andrace were not revealed.
The gender and race of the character was left to theimagination. Also gender and race were not an issue presented in the poem’splot. It was more the thoughts going on in the mind of the character and the challengeof sticking to values and responsibilities. I did mention how I theorized that thecharacter in the story was the author, Robert Frost, but it wasn’t a large focalpoint in my analysis. The next two learning outcomes were to display theability to analyze documents and texts of the discipline and to critically examineliterature in writing. These were achieved because I critically analyzed a poemand wrote an in-depth analysis on the poems plot, characters, structure,meaning, and setting. Every aspect of the poem was written about and I used directlines from the poem as evidence to my analysis claims. The last learning outcomethat was achieved was understand the qualities of avant-garde literature.
Iunderstand that Frost’s poem, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” had noavant-garde qualities. The poem did not represent experimental ideas and wasnot progressive. Its not known for being a revolutionary poem, it was known forbeing a classic poem with lyrical quality. Thepurpose of this assignment was to critically analyze a film, drama, or a poemof choice between the years of 1900 and 1945.
This assignment was a criticalanalysis paper that analyzed a poem for its message, plot, setting, structure,and characters. After completing the essay, I learned how to identify poemstructure, form and meter. Also, learning how do in-text citations for poetry. Igained knowledge about poetry from the twentieth century, as well as RobertFrost as a poet. Finding a sufficient and intriguing poem was difficult becauseI had to read through numerous poetry websites to find one. I found that I enjoyreading nature poems, so I started to narrow down my searches to only naturepoems. That is when I came across Frost’s poem and I chose it. It wasinteresting reading through poems and seeing the differences in the way thatdifferent poets write.
In addition to the process that it took to find a poem, itwas also a challenge to come up with a thesis. To overcome that challenge, I keptreading through the poem and analyzing each line to fully understand the poem’smeaning. That was when I discovered a deeper meaning to the poem.
I questionedwhether the poem was about nature or about death, as I mentioned in myanalysis. After writing the analysis, I feel like I became a stronger writer whenit comes to analysis essays. I am used to writing research essays and haven’t writtena lot of analysis essays. In my opinion, poems are harder to analyze than literaturebecause poems can have underlying meanings and can hide them pretty well. I learnedthat it can take me a while to find underlying meanings and understandmetaphors. Reflection: Frost, Robert. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Eveningby Robert Frost.
” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation,www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42891/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening.
WorksCited: The poem’s meaning is unclear andthat makes readers critically analyze the poem to figure out what the meaningis. No matter the meaning, the poem is appealing to read, from the rhymingtechniques, to the beautiful forest imagery that is painted in the reader’sminds. When the reader does not have all the answers and there is a lot left tothe imagination, poems can affect each reader differently causing them to comeup with their own meanings.
The tone of this poem was peaceful,and it has a pleasant rhythm, which makes it sound like a song. Each stanza hasfour lines with eight syllables and the poem uses the Rubaiyat stanza rhymestructure. Where lines one, two, and four rhymes together in each stanza.Although, in the last stanza, all four lines rhyme together.
The rhyming inthis poem adds to the overall tone and makes it is captivating to read. Readingthe poem feels like a workout for the mouth because of the rhyming and theconsistent number of syllables. The form and meter of the poems makes it hardfor the reader to stop reading in the middle. Once you start reading, therhyming words guide you along steadily to the end. There are a few themes that arerepresented in this poem and they are: isolation, nature, choices, andpossibly, death.
Isolation, nature, and choices are stated directly, whiledeath is represented indirectly. Isolation is a theme in the poem because the speakeris alone in the wilderness on the road. The speaker was isolated away frommankind. Even though he was isolated, the speaker was at peace and he seemed toenjoy being away from everything. The next theme was choices and the speakermade a choice in the poem.
The choice was to push on and go straight for thedestination, instead of making the easy decision. Additionally, the third themewas nature, and this was an important theme. This theme was represented throughoutthe poem, including the title. Nature can be a wonder to glaze upon, especiallysnowy woods. The nature in the poem could essentially represent death, in whichdeath could be a potential theme. This poem can have two different meanings,depending on the reader’s point of view. In my opinion, I believe that theauthor is referring to death in the poem. The poem, to me, means that it is aman who escaped the taunts from death.
I think that the speaker in the poemcould be the author and he is representing his experience with possible death ina unique way, this poem. The setting of the poem is a quietforest with no other humans in sight. Wind and snow falling are the only soundsthat is heard.
Frost writes, “The only other sound’s the sweep / Of easywind and downy flake” (11-12). The speaker feels at peace in this forest and isallured by the forests appearance. This forest seems mysterious since its darkand quiet, but the speaker was drawn to it: “The woods are lovely, dark anddeep,” (13). He/she pulls themselves out and says no, there’s promises and moremiles to cover. It is possible that there is no forest and the speaker refersto death as the “forest.” Death can call to people and sometimes death can seemappealing. There’s the possibility that the speaker is dying and losing theirwill to live, which makes the poem more emotional with more depth to the plot. Thehorse, or conscious, is there saying no, keep fighting and moving.
The forestin the poem makes the narrator feel at peace and that is how death is supposedto be. Therefore, the setting could exemplify an actual forest and it is about howa person stopped to enjoy nature while on their journey. In contrast, thesetting represents death calling to the speaker, but he/she doesn’t answerdeath’s call.
Readers of the poem know very littleabout the narrator of the poem. The sex, race, age, and name are not revealed.Although nothing is revealed, the narrator could be Frost himself, or someonecompletely different. Women during the early twentieth century mainly stayed athome and did not go on long journeys, especially not alone. The character inthis story is most likely a male, but there is no definite evidence saying so. Thepersonality of the character in the story is displayed throughout the poem inhow the character talks and reacts.
This character sounds wise, strong-minded,and down-to-earth because the narrator realizes that he/she must push on due tothe numerous more miles that have to be trekked. A weak-minded person may giveup or stop, but this speaker wants to and experience what the rest of the mileshave to offer. The other being in this poem is the horse that the speaker rodeand the horse was personified by the speaker: In the poem Frost writes, “Mylittle horse must think it queer / To stop without a farmhouse near” (5-6). Thehorse could serve as the speaker’s conscious in the poem, saying why are youstopping? This horse and the speaker’s self are the only things addressed bythe speaker.
The woods are a beautiful place tostop and enjoy the scenery. Have you ever taken the scenic way through a forest,instead of a well-traveled road, to feel at peace and think about life? There areplenty of more miles to go for the speaker in the poem to travel, but thespeaker debates on whether he/she should stop and forget about theresponsibilities. The poem, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” byRobert Frost, is a poem of lyrical quality that withholds an unknown and a deepermeaning that could be interpreted in numerous ways.
Plenty More Miles to Go22 January 2018Marisa Capobianco