1. Who is the speaker in the poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”?
Ans. A horse rider is the speaker of the poem.
2. Whom does the speaker refer to in the first stanza of the poem, “Stopping by Woods
on a Snowy Evening”?
Ans. The speaker refers to the owner of the woods.
3. Why does the speaker stop on ‘the darkest evening of the year’?
Ans. The poet is attracted to the light wind and soft snow. He enjoys the scene very much.
Therefore, he stops there.
4. Why does the horse impatiently await the next move of his master?
Ans. The horse wonders why his rider has stopped near a deep dark woodland at night. He
fears that they might suffer something wrong. Therefore, he is waiting impatiently for the
next move of his master.
5. The speaker in the poem is captivated by the beauty of nature. Why doesn’t he stop
for long to enjoy nature’s beauty?
Ans. The speaker wants to stop and enjoy the soothing scene. However, the pull of social
obligations compel him to move onward.
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a thought-provoking poem composed by Robert Frost. In this poem, the poet describes the conflict between love of nature and call of social responsibilities.
On a dark winter evening, the narrator stops his little horse to watch the snow falling in the woods. Finding that the owner of the woods is absent, her lingers his stay. At this his horse is confused. He shakes his harness bell to ask if there is some mistake. Now the narrator realizes the pull of obligations and the considerable distance before he can rest for the night.
In short, the poem trumpets the beauty of nature and hints at the need to carry on the daily affairs of life. The world of fantasy is very inviting. But one must maintain balance between the world of fantasy and reality.