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  1. Following figures of speech have been used in this poem. Metaphor. It is a figure of speech which means something else apart from its literal meaning. Here the poet uses the word “miles” in the last stanza which actually means the life one lives, the whole timeline. Personification. When something iRead more

    Following figures of speech have been used in this poem.
    Metaphor. It is a figure of speech which means something else apart from its literal meaning. Here the poet uses the word “miles” in the last stanza which actually means the life one lives, the whole timeline.
    Personification. When something is given with human features. Horse is a personification here who feels like a human being amidst the woods and he tries to inform this to its owner by shaking its harness bell.
    Consonance. It is the repetition of consonant sounds. The poem is full of it. Such as “to watch his woods”, “whose woods are these.”

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  1. The tone of the poem is that of a candid thought which evokes mysteriousness of Nature’s beauty. When the poet says the woods is lovely, dark and deep, one also gets the idea of ominous layer all over the place. The tone is that of a longing and many say poet has also expressed his death wish in it.

    The tone of the poem is that of a candid thought which evokes mysteriousness of Nature’s beauty. When the poet says the woods is lovely, dark and deep, one also gets the idea of ominous layer all over the place. The tone is that of a longing and many say poet has also expressed his death wish in it.

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  1. It is owned by a person who lives in the village. The narrator knows him personally. He doesn’t live in the woods he owns.

    It is owned by a person who lives in the village. The narrator knows him personally. He doesn’t live in the woods he owns.

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  1. The horse stands as a bridge between the human world of the traveller and the world of Nature. It reminds him of home by shaking the bell.

    The horse stands as a bridge between the human world of the traveller and the world of Nature. It reminds him of home by shaking the bell.

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  1. The message of this poem is the every now and then one may stand apart from everything else in the epiphany of Nature or any beauty but one will have to eventually engage with the practical realm and fulfil promises before death.

    The message of this poem is the every now and then one may stand apart from everything else in the epiphany of Nature or any beauty but one will have to eventually engage with the practical realm and fulfil promises before death.

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  1. The central idea of the poem is the responsibilities and obligations looming larger than the act of contemplating beauty and idleness. The idea is how before big final death arrives, small deaths of abandoning one’s desires keep happening.

    The central idea of the poem is the responsibilities and obligations looming larger than the act of contemplating beauty and idleness. The idea is how before big final death arrives, small deaths of abandoning one’s desires keep happening.

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  1. The poet creates imagery according to his idea of sound of senses. The image of woods as a space of wilderness is depicted. The image of snow filling up the woods is also there.

    The poet creates imagery according to his idea of sound of senses. The image of woods as a space of wilderness is depicted. The image of snow filling up the woods is also there.

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  1. Following figures of speech have been used in this poem. Metaphor. It is a figure of speech which means something else apart from its literal meaning. Here the poet uses the word “miles” in the last stanza which actually means the life one lives, the whole timeline. Personification. When something iRead more

    Following figures of speech have been used in this poem.
    Metaphor. It is a figure of speech which means something else apart from its literal meaning. Here the poet uses the word “miles” in the last stanza which actually means the life one lives, the whole timeline.
    Personification. When something is given with human features. Horse is a personification here who feels like a human being amidst the woods and he tries to inform this to its owner by shaking its harness bell.
    Consonance. It is the repetition of consonant sounds. The poem is full of it. Such as “to watch his woods”, “whose woods are these.”

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  1. It is a symbolic poem. The most dominant symbols are A) The woods. It stands for Nature in general and its mystery which has so many effects upon human beings. B) The little horse. It stands as a reminder of reality when the traveller loses himself in reverie. C) Snow. Apart from realism, it standsRead more

    It is a symbolic poem. The most dominant symbols are A) The woods. It stands for Nature in general and its mystery which has so many effects upon human beings. B) The little horse. It stands as a reminder of reality when the traveller loses himself in reverie. C) Snow. Apart from realism, it stands for the mystery which fills the scene of Nature. D) Sleep. It stands for death, or as many critics say a death wish which one occasionally feels in between the rigidity of responsibilities.

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  1. The poem deals with topics through more than one layer. The deepest thematic concern of the poem remains as suggestions. Such as a) Death. Miles to go before I sleep has always been associated to death rather than regular nightly sleep. b) Obligation. Even the beauty of Nature can’t stop the travellRead more

    The poem deals with topics through more than one layer. The deepest thematic concern of the poem remains as suggestions. Such as
    a) Death. Miles to go before I sleep has always been associated to death rather than regular nightly sleep.
    b) Obligation. Even the beauty of Nature can’t stop the traveller because he has promises to keep.
    c) the relation between Nature and human beings. The traveller is on his way to perform his chores but comes across the woods, the Nature stuns him yet he goes away.

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