Human and Nature
Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods in a Snowy Evening,” explicates the journey of a man in the woods. The man is admiring the natural scene; although, he knows his personal goals have been neglected. He admires the cold evening and wants to stay in woods. However, he realizes that he has to go to fulfil his desires. So, he neglects his wish of watching the beautiful scene of a snowy evening. Fagan states: “The poem is not simply a description of a natural scene but is about a person experiencing the scene” (Fagan 1). Robert Frost’s poem illustrates the relationship between human and nature. Despite of the fact, Nature grabs mankind’s attention to its beauty; human beings prefer their worldly responsibilities and repel the nature's attractions.
The beauty of nature acts like a barrier in human’s ways. It attracts the man towards itself and delays his personal goals. In this poem, the man is attracted to a snowy evening, which forces him to stop and admires the magnificent insight of woods. Imagine trees cover with the white snow, the silence in woods, whistles of wind, and falling snow flakes touches the earth. As he stops in woods, he thinks about the owner of woods. He thinks of the land owner who is not present to see him trespassing. He feels safe as the owner “will not see” him “stopping” in woods “to watch his woods fill up the snow” (lines 3-4). It explains his careless behavior and desire to admire the natural beauty. According to Thomas March, it is not an important fact the man knows the owner, but he is far away from woods. His description of the scene deals with the privacy at that time (March 1). The man loves to stay in woods in spite of a fact that his destination is somewhere else.
Meanwhile, he is distracted by his horse who tries to draw his attention towards his worldly needs. His horse is confused with the man’s choice. The man knows about the horse’s thinking. The horse thinks “it queer to stop without a farmhouse near” in the chilly evening “between the woods and frozen lake” (5-7). The horse seems to be puzzled and he did not understand the man’s choice to stay in chilly woods. The “frozen lake” explains the chilly and cold weather in woods. The horse likes to stay in the warm place and need some rest. Erin Brescia explains that the horse realizes the importance of a comforting place like a farm house, and other places for comfort. He dislikes the man’s choice of staying in the middle of woods in snowfall (Brescia 1).The horse wants to move forward to reach to the destination. Another Critic explains the horse behavior is indifferent as he is not aware of beauty of woods. Horse as a part of nature “is not aware of the setting.” In the contrary, Humans have “a special relationship” with nature (2). It is a matter of a fact that human beings are connected to the nature. Humans are unable to detach themselves from nature; even though they are connected to other humans.
Although the horse tries to...