“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” first appeared in the New Republic magazine in 1923. As of January 1, 2019 all works created in 1923 are now in the public domain. That means we, you and everyone in America will be able to quote it at length on any platform.
So here goes:
STOPPING BY THE WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING
By Robert Frost, 1923.
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 at 48 when he wrote "...Stopping by the Woods..."|
Thanks to YouTube here’s the late four time Pulitzer Prize winning U.S. poet laureate Robert Frost (1874-1963) reading one of his most publicly revered works: