A detailed analysis of the themes, structure, symbolism, irony, imagery, rhyme, monosyllabic words, repetition, and alliteration of Frost’s most anthologized poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
The four-page student handout section, which has blanks which your pupils can fill in, is suitable as an in-class activity or for homework. Specific activities on imagery, rhyme, vocabulary, and alliteration will give your students practice in these essential stylistic aspects, which are often neglected in the explication of a poem. An Answer Key is provided on separate sheets.
Not as part of the student handout are three pages of additional notes on “Stopping by Woods,” including background and textual information about the poem and Frost’s own comments on it, and a general discussion of his life and the themes and stylistic features of his poetry. Some of these comments you may wish to incorporate into your class’s discussion of “Stopping by Woods.”
Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.