"And miles to go before I sleep.

The poem is about the speaker’s experience of stopping by the dark woods in the winter evening with his horse and admiring the beauty of the fresh fallen snow in the forest....

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.


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And miles to go before I sleep,

I’m right there with you, Renee, on the feelings about New Years Eve/Day. I’ve never felt terribly celebratory about it. In fact it’s always been slightly depressing. Not sure exactly why, but there it is. I have always adored Stopping By Woods and Mending Wall, come to think of it. So powerful to hear Frost’s voice. Many thanks, Renee. Best wishes, Christie

And miles to go before I sleep.

I agree, Renee – the plain-spoken quality is especially appealing. Frost often managed to make the most beautiful poems sound like regular speech, didn’t he? I’d love to be able to do that. Here’s a Happy New Year to you and your family – it’s coming all the way across the North American continent, across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Straight of Gibraltar, half way across the Mediterranean Sea to your neck of the woods. Felice anno nuovo!!

The setting is obviously in the woods, but these are not just any old woods.
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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Analysis of the …

The "and miles to go before I sleep" could also mean that there are many more things in his/her life that he/she has to face before an eternal sleep, or death.

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Like most of Frost’s poems, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is illusive at the surface level. It sounds like a simple description of a horse rider who desires to stop at the middle of his journey. But after reaching the last stanza readers can understand the purpose of the poem which is a serious psychological problem of every man.

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening is a well known Frost classic

At first you believe the speaker means the miles he or she has to go to get back home, but then it seems like the miles are actually the years in his life, and the sleep being more of an eternal sleep.

Whose woods these are I think I know

The poems, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken” by the American poet, Robert Frost illustrate the importance of decision making....

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening - …

In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Eve" Robert Frost uses subtle imagery, symbolism, rhythm and rhyme to invoke the yearning for death that the weary traveler of life feels....

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert …

In the first stanza we find the poet to stop his horse in front of an unknown woods. Across the road from the woods that the speaker is passing through, there is a frozen lake. Houses are beyond the vision of the speaker and the quietness marks the scene. It is snowing heavily and the speaker can hear the soft and almost inaudible sound made by wind.