Somewhat extending this framework, Frost's poem is about "knowing" the
woods and not "knowing" them. The speaker says "I think I know / His
house is in the village though." And the woods are dark and deep and
So too the "who" of the author.
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I'm glad that "semantic quibble" has been dropped from this discussion.
Not because it isn't apt to think hard about the terms used, but
the phrase trivializes the matter, in spite of the fact that semantics
are central to poems and (with luck) to writing about them. "Quibble,"
too, has a relation to our subject; its proposed etymology is from
"quib" : "who, which."