Daily Trivia : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

“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.”

These are lines from what has to be one of the best known poems ever written. Published in 1923, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, continues to resonate with readers even today. It was first published in The New Republic magazine. It was Frost’s favourite of his own poems, and he called it “my best bid for remembrance.” Though it’s a poem about winter, Frost wrote the first draft on a warm morning in the middle of June. He’d stayed up the night before working on a long and difficult poem called New Hampshire.

It was morning when he finally finished it. Feeling relieved he went outside and watched the sunrise. While he was outside, he suddenly got an idea for a new poem. So he rushed back inside his house and wrote Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening in just a few minutes. He said he wrote most of the poem almost without lifting his pen off the page. He said, “It was as if I’d had a hallucination.” He struggled with the ending, until he decided to repeat the famous last line, “And miles to go before I sleep.”

Sources : Writer’s almanac

 

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3 thoughts on “Daily Trivia : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

  1. stories about writers and their craft always fascinate me and this is such a lovely story. it’s another beautiful anecdote for how inspiration comes when you least expect it.

  2. I particularly like the thought that he spent so much time struggling with another poem and this one just came to him…also his intuitive sense that it was his best bid for remembrance.

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