Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Nature has inspired many famous poets to come out with some of the best and fascinating poems. Robert Frost is a popular American poet who has written some of the best poems touching upon various subjects. Amongst the many poems of Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” are quite popular and impressive. The former is about youth and experiencing life and the latter is about old age, or more probably, an old spirit wearied by life. There is a strong connection between these two poems in many areas that makes these best for comparative analysis. Both “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” are about men having to make choices over the options available before him while traveling toward the final destination.
Before analyzing in detail about “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Road Not Taken”, let’s take a look at some general ideas about two poems. Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” begins with the narrator traveling through the woods on an evening filled with snow. The narrator gets captivated by the beautiful scenery, and stops his horse ride to enjoy the moment of beauty. After the little horse’s reminder, the speaker eventually abandoned the beautiful set up he has just witnessed, then chooses reality over the fantasy and continues his journey. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is about the speaker has to make a big decision in his life. This poem talks about a person who comes across an intersection or a fork in the road and he has to choose which way to follow. The road is a metaphor of the choices we make in life.
Imagery plays a vital role in the poem, “The Road Not Taken”. A major part of the poems describes the scenes and settings and scenery in detail. For example, “And be one traveler, long I stood/And looked down one as far as I could/ To where it bent in the...