Man and animal live in the same world. We were all created with purposes, all having jobs to be done. Robert Frost uses repetition, symbolism, and imagery in "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" to create a dark world showing how man can appreciate what he sees before him, and that animals know a sole purpose.
Repetition gives this story a dark deep sense to it. He ends the poem with "And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep" showing that the traveler does not want to end his life before he experiences all of the beautiful things before him. It shows that the traveler needs not stop, to continue on. The repition of the word "woods" shows that the traveler takes in the beauty and deepness of these woods time and time again.
Symbolism makes this story what it is. " He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake." This shows the horse, symbolizing the little apprectiation from an animals point of view to the scene around him. It makes the horse oblivious to anything other than his duty."My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near" This line shows how the horse could never know anything other than what he is taught, and how the man symbolizes appreciation for the beauty of nature.
Frost decorates his poem with beautiful imagery. Lines like "Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year." make you really see how dark, deep, and cold these woods really are. He makes you feel as if you are sitting next to the horseman. The line "To watch his woods fill up with snow." is very meaningful when looked at in a certain perspective. It makes it seem as if this lone traveler appreciates the beauty of nature so much that all his duties are put aside.
This Poem is one of Frost's most famous and it is plenty worthy of the respect it has. Repetiton, symbolism, and imagery create this dark lovely scene of a traveler.