Robert Frost takes our imagination to a journey through wintertime with his two poems, "Desert Places- and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."" Frost comes from a New England background and these two poems reflect the beautiful scenery that is present in that part of the country. Even though these poems both have winter settings, they contain very different tones. One has a feeling of depressing loneliness, and the other a feeling of welcome solitude. They show how the same setting can have totally different impacts on a person depending on their mindset at the time.
In the poem "Desert Places- the speaker is a man who is traveling through the countryside on a beautiful winter evening. He is completely surrounded with feelings of loneliness. The speaker views a snow-covered field as a desert place. "A blanker whiteness of benighted snow, With no expression, nothing to express."" Whiteness and blankness are two key ideas in this poem. The white symbolizes open and empty spaces. The snow is a white blanket that covers up everything living. The blankness symbolizes the emptiness that the speaker feels. To him there is nothing else around except for the unfeeling snow and his lonely thoughts.
The speaker in this poem is also jealous of the woods. "The woods around it have it-it is theirs."" The woods symbolize people and society. They have something that belongs to them, something to feel a part of. The woods have its place in nature and it is also a part of a bigger picture. The speaker is so alone inside that he feels that he is not a part of anything. Nature has a way of bringing all of her parts together to act as one. The snow throws its blanket of whiteness over everything, and to him it is a feeling of numbness. "The loneliness includes me unawares."" The speaker has lost his enthusiasm for life.
"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening- is a much happier and more upbeat poem than "Desert Places.