Introduction to American Literature-1001
What is happening in each poem?
In Robert Frost’s “The Road not Taken” I feel that the speaker is describing his decision to take the road less traveled instead the road everybody knows. He has chosen to take the unknown path instead of the one taken by everyone. In the poem the Narrator states, “Oh, I kept the first for another day.”
In Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” I feel the speaker is trespassing on someone land but feels it will be okay because the owner is in the village. In the poem he tells this in the first stanza. He states “Whose woods these are I think I know, His house is in the village though.”
What is the conflict for each speaker?
I feel the conflict for each speaker is whether or not to make the harder decision. In “The Road not Taken” the speaker must decide to take the easy road that everyone knows or the road less traveled. In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” the speaker must decide to either stop in this wood to rest even though it belongs to someone else or keep going without sleep in the bitter cold.
How does each speaker resolve his conflict?
In “The Road not Taken” the speaker decides to take the road less traveled and come back another day for the road that everyone knows. The speaker states however that he may never return. The speaker never regrets this decision and states “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” I feel the speaker chose to keep traveling and not to stop. I believe this because the speaker states “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have a promise to keep, And miles to go before I sleep.”