Snowy Day in Boise
A couple of days ago I woke up to a snowy world outside. All through the day it snowed off and on. It left a blanket of snow all over the yard. Here in Boise, when it snows it generally melts off by the end of the day. Not so with this snow it has stayed.
Two days later it was snowing again. It was so beautiful to sit here looking out the window and watching as the snow lazily fell out of the sky. The whole world looks softer as if I am looking through a gauzy curtain. I was feeling grateful that I do not have to drive through the gauzy scene.
As I take in the beauty outside I think of Robert Frosts poem:
Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening
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, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc., renewed 1951, by Robert Frost.
You could read this poem to your children, preferably on a snowy evening. Then discuss what they think this poem mean.
The most important thing is to get your children to start thinking about the poem and form their own opinions.
When you read a poem such as this one, there are two meanings. You have the author meaning and then you have the readers meaning. The reader/listener brings their own experiences to meet with the author.
Notes about me:
Jylene Morgan is a retired educator. She is passionate about the importance of reading aloud to children from top quality children’s books. Writing about her life experiences she captivates her audience by telling the tales of her family’s adventures. The first several books are written about funny exchanges that occur when human and wild animal’s lives come together.
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