Robert Frost Essay

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American Literature Comparing Works of Robert Frost I enjoyed reading both poems “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. I think that they had similarities as well as differences. One similarity is that they both portray weighing choices in life. However, in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, the speaker is talking about youth and experiencing life, whereas, in “The Road Not Taken” is about being in your older years and taken by life. It seems like in both of these poems, the speaker finds himself in a situation that makes him choose between two different options, or paths, if you will. In “The Road Not Taken”, the speaker is choosing the road less taken by showing a unique decision making process. In “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” the speaker desires a life without struggle but ends up having to choose the responsible thing to do. In “The Road Not Taken”, the speaker has to make a life changing decision. The poem discusses how the person has came to a fork in the road and has to choose a side to follow. This road is a metaphor of the decisions that one must make in their life. There are pros and cons that must be weighed to ensure that the proper decision is made. The speaker seems blatantly aware that the choice he makes will be for good and doesn’t want to end up regretting it. In both of these poems, the speaker has to make a big decision in life. He is choosing between social obligation and isolation. At first glance, the poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” could appear that the speaker is attempting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. He wrestles with his choice of sitting there and enjoying the woods or going back to where he belongs, where his responsibility lies. In the end he realizes that “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep” however, he denotes his choice of

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