Robert Frost, the poet of Dust of Snow, has reinstated the fact that even the smallest of the moments can bring about the biggest of the changes. Even his own quotation, “Always, always a large significance...... A little thing touches a larger thing”, gives us a deeper insight in understanding the context of the poem.
Dust of Snow uses the poetic device of enjambment and tells us how a simple event in life saves his day and changes his mood.
One day the poet was in a sorrowful state of mind. He went and stood under a hemlock tree. The hemlock tree, which is a poisonous tree, symbolically represents something evil, terrible, and fearsome. The poet has purposefully used this tree to complement his state of mind. At this point, when he was standing under the tree, he was brought out of his revere when a crow shook itself on the tree and snow fell on the poet. The abruptness of this act jolted him out of his thoughts and changed his mood for the better.
Here, the poet has used symbolism in the form of a crow which represents negativity and is associated with haunted places and mystery. This creature which is in tandem with his feelings and thought, brings joy to his life with its abrupt actions.
The snowflakes symbolise the joy and happiness which is prevalent in nature. It represents purity and piousness. It saved the part of the day which was left as he had already been brooding for half a day, but now, he was in a better mood as nature had come to his rescue and saved his day.