Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Tuesday 4 January 2011, 1.00am HKT

Robert Frost, 1874-1963 (via Wikipedia)

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

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 is 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.

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The poem in pop culture

A line from Frost’s poem was used as a parol (a secret passphrase used by authorised persons) in the 1977 spy movie Telefon directed by Don Siegel and starred Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance and Lee Remick. Fabulous. You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t seen Telefon.


This poem is one of my top 10 favourite poems, but strangely Frost is not one of my favourite poets, although I’ve nothing against him.

One of my all-time favourite poets include Edward Estlin Cummings (“e.e. cummings”) (1894-1962).

One Response to “Robert Frost (1874-1963)”

  1. Doug said

    Nice, like this too.


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