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.
An incredible rhyming scheme effortlessly achieved: aaba bbcb ccdc dddd !
Growing up in the wooded hills of Middle Tennessee, I spent many winter nights enthrall to the sight and sound Frost describes. Wonder. “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.” Is that Frost’s vision of when he will finally be allowed to sleep?