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StudentKid26
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I thought you do put it before woods, but why isn't it in the title 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost?
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I think it's because it's poetic and he wants to draw attention to the word "woods" but you're right that you woudlnt say it like that in speech. also it slims down the title. you see this in news headlines as well, they will leave out definite and indefinte articles ("the" and "a").
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It's absolutely fine. "Woods" are just a collection of trees, and if you're just telling people that you were by a collection of trees you could say "I spent my evening walking by woods".

However, if you're from the local area, and know of this particular place, you could call it "the woods" because it's more familiar. To say "the woods" makes it more specific to one set of woods that you're talking about, and to say "woods" keeps it more vague.

It's not to be poetic or anything - it's absolutely correct and could be used in this way during speech.
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