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Stopping by woods on a snowy evening and the snow man. Symbolism: hopelessness, death, environment outside which we cannot step, we discover that we have to relate to it someday. Seasonal metaphor the opposite of summer, so winter is sparseness and absence. Authors are using the seasons as metaphors for human states of mind/consciousness by the environments that the consciousness finds itself in. Pathetic fallacy: assigning pathos, empathy, sympathy, a sense of a large emotional focus that is focused onto a small thing. E. x. the large emotion conveyed onto the seasons. It is an assumption that the seasons are in tune with human states of consciousness. The fallacy is to assume that the seasons have pathos with the consciousness. Differences: quatrains vs. tercets, the snow man has much less punctuation, frost has regular end-stopped lines, frost has a rhyme scheme, frost descriptive, stevens prescriptive,

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