Desert Places

Robert Frost 1874 (San Francisco) – 1963 (Boston)



Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.

The woods around it have it - it is theirs.
All animals are smothered in their lairs.
I am too absent-spirited to count;
The loneliness includes me unawares.

And lonely as it is, that loneliness
Will be more lonely ere it will be less -
A blanker whiteness of benighted snow
WIth no expression, nothing to express.

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars - on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABA CCXC XDBD EXXE
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 654
Words 126
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. more…

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