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November 28, 2006

Robert Frost



Carl's G.I.F.T. Challenge Post #1








The recent poetry meme has got me thinking about more of my favorite poems. I gave my husband a pretty children's book edition of Frost's poem several years ago for Christmas, as it's also one of his favorites.

Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening

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's 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.

12 comments:

  1. I can't even believe you posted this. Yes, I can, actually. I woke up this morning thinking of it. Robert Frost is my all time favorite, and I love the mood he creates with this poem. I always see my father in it somewhere.

    Thanks for reading my mind. Thanks for posting this fabulous, fabulous poem. I'm already uplifted.

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  2. How lovely!! You could use this in Carl's GIFT challenge!

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  3. Anonymous7:36 AM

    My kindergarten teacher got me this and the NIght Before Christmas for a present and I always cherished those reads to this day.

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  4. Anonymous11:17 AM

    I love this book! Jeffers' illustrations are not only fittingly beautiful, but they give the poem so many more layers of meaning.

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  6. Bellezza - OK, this is getting a bit creepy! I should think of something really bizarre about myself and see if you share that preference (for instance, I don't like to drink coffee right after it's been poured, but wait for it too cool down to just above the lukewarm temp). We do seem to have a lot in common though, don't we?

    I'm glad you enjoyed reading the poem. Do you have a copy of this particular book? It is so pretty. Lovely illustrations.

    Heather - Great idea! Let's see now. I've signed up for 4, maybe 5 challenges. I need a secretary! ;)

    Nessie - What a sweet teacher! How lovely to have something so special to remember her by. Did the other children get the same or were you singled out for a reason? I remember receiving a pretty little heart-shaped porcelain dish with a geranium painted on the lid from my 3rd grade teacher (Mrs. Bauer - Ha! I even remember her name after all these years!). I can't remember if it was a Christmas gift or something she gave me on the last day of school. Looking back (and of course, back then) I think it was a very sweet thing for her to do. She was my favorite elementary school teacher.

    Renee - That's what drew me to the book. The gorgeous illustrations and the vellum (?) cover.

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  7. Okay, you found a difference. I like my coffe as Hot. As. Possible. But, we're still pretty similar. :)

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  8. Love that poem, especially after the snow we got last night.

    Great cover to that book!

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  9. Bellezza - Well, at least you like coffee! :)

    Carl - I wondered if you got snow. And just the other day you made a comment on your blog that I'd probably get snow before you! Ha! ;) wicked smile

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  10. Anonymous10:59 AM

    Of course it is in the 60's now which does not feel very Christmas-like. I hope the predictions of snow for next week come true!

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  11. LOve love love love this poem which my teacher read to me at school when I was 12. The last verse 'but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep' quite quite perfect and magical. Elaine

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  12. Thanks for stopping by, Elaine. Isn't this just a fabulous poem? I need to read more by Frost.

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