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.


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