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.
Within the context of Relics of Hyrule as well as the poem's place in Doubt, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening can be considered a retelling of the opening of Majora's Mask via poetry.
The first stanza represents the journey of the Hero of Time into the Lost Woods to find Navi. The "village" is Kokiri Forest, and the owner of the forest could be Mido or the Great Deku Tree.
The second and third stanzas mention Epona (though referring to her as male) and the snow could be representative of Hyrule's declining climate during the Last Great War of Hyrule.
The "promises" mentioned in the final stanza can be considered references to Navi and the Hero's dedication to finding her.
Background and Inspiration Edit
The poem is by Robert Frost.
The poem was included in Doubt in version 6.0. Its purpose is as mentioned above: to provide atmosphere for the dungeon and to allude to the opening of Majora's Mask.
During development of version 6.0, the poem was planned to be "Solitude" by Lewis Carroll.