Poetry Sunday: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

It may well be Robert Frost's best known poem. It was published in 1923 and it became a part of the public domain on January 1. Thus, it can now be quoted by anyone without penalty. Let's celebrate that fact by quoting it here. 

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. I used to have this one memorized. So I read it out loud and pretended I still did.

    1. I think a lot of people have it memorized. The cadence and rhyming make it easy. I suppose that may be why so many people love this poem.

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    1. It is a lovely and obviously quite memorable poem.

  3. Of all the poem we had to memorize in high school, this was one of my favorite. Thank you for the memory.

    1. It was a favorite with many of us. And still is.


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