Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
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.


  1. Thank you. I’ve heard the last few lines a few times in relation to passwords given between ‘sleeper’ spies but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen the whole poem.


  2. How could this poem have been written by anyone but Robert “Frost”? ;>) A childhood favorite, actually.


  3. My favorite poet and poem. I am always interested in knowing how others interpret this poem.


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