Monday, March 02, 2009

Stopping by Woods ...

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Picture: Nadhi Hills Road, Bangalore

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.
- Robert Frost

P.S: It is one of my most favorite poems, though it was there somewhere in some corners of my heart, I never able to memorize it until one fine day a friend read it for me just by picking it from her memory bank. It was then an incredibly feeling for me trying to catch up those lines after so many years :)

19 comments:

Winnie the poohi said...

my favorite too!

:)

Lakshmi said...

a beautiful poem..and the road not taken is a sort of guideline for me

Sujata said...

Miles to go before I sleep...so very profound.

Diva said...

I learnt up the Leisure poem too.... :) :)

Ash said...

Love it! Esp the last four lines
:-)

~vagabond~ said...

I've always liked Frost's poems...the road not taken is one of my personal favorites.

reema said...

hey hi ur blog luks much nicer than before now!
well some good news i have again started blogging so its no more an orphan!!!
so if u get time just put ur words for it! :)

Akshay said...

I have always loved Frost...

GMG said...

Hi Alok!
Sorry I couldn’t visit you for the last weeks! I’m trying to catch-up and see the wonders you have around!
And look what I get: a wonderful piece of poetry and an excellent song... what do we need more?...
Amazing post on Nietzsche's Zarathustra... ;))

Meanwhile, the last of the beautiful Forts in Jaipur waits you and your comments at Blogtrotter: – The Nahargarh Fort! Enjoy and have a great week!

AJEYA RAO said...

I was waiting for a friend in the Lib once and while doing so, i picked up a book...I read a beautiful poem and made a note of it in a piece of paper....Years later at some point of my life, i remembered the same poem, but i had lost the paper and did not recollect the poets name...all i recalle dthen were the last lines -

" took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. "

Found it to be a poem by Frost called - Road not taken....I think its one of the best poems ever.

This poem is no less...ecspecially the last 4 lines that tries to summarize his thoughts

hjsblogger said...

Hey Alok,
An excellent photograph. Just like the other guys who liked the last four lines, I too liked it :) Just like Mr Abdul Kalam had said "Dreams are not what you see with your eyes closed, dreams are what you see with your eyes open", these lines also convey that there are miles to travel !!!

We always feel that we have reached the destination, but soon after there is one more destination to be reached !!!

-Himanshu Sheth.

alok said...

poohi, what a coincidence :)


Lakshmi, yes! 'the road not taken' is certainly one of the best.

alok said...

sujata, yes it is! and hey! welcome back here again :)

diva, woW! I need to check that too.

alok said...

Ash! :)

vagabond, so one more member added to the fan club :)

alok said...

reema, thank you! welcome back here again ... and good to know about your blog, for sure will catch you up there.

alok said...

GMG, I am glad to know that you liked the posts and thank you so much for the comment. I am sure that there are lots of things that I need to catch up with your blog. You have a wonderful week ahead.

alok said...

Akshay! :) looks like to me you are a big fan of RF.

alok said...

Ajeya, thanks for the comment that is wonderful. 'The road not taken' is one of the best poems by RF. I could see here the stamp of it on many of us.

alok said...

Himanshu, thank you so much for the wonderful comment and for sharing you thoughts here :)