Hillcroft LRC

Frosty the Poet

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Snowy Winter Road in a Forest (Hanacek)This time of year the decorations and festivities brighten the coming of the longest night. It feels merrily bleak. Oxymoronic perhaps, but you may agree. A good time to cosy up with a book or poem that in the summer just wouldn’t have the same effect. An atmospheric poem set in the winter that is very famous is ‘Stopping by woods on a snowy evening‘ by Robert Frost. The repetition of the last line is particularly spooky. Is the narrator just standing there being seduced by the snow or are they continuing on their journey? This article on the The Paris Review blog points out how unusual it is for a poem to be famous in a time when poetry is often thought of as old-fashioned and out-of-touch. What do you think? Are poems just for English class?

If you like poems, you might like to try Carol Ann Duffy or Cynthia Antoinette Roomes. Over the holidays you can also browse the Scottish Poetry Library’s online collection by the ‘Winter’ tag.



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