Introduction to American Literature
May 16, 2013
Robert Frost is a well-known poet from the twentieth century. He won many awards and his work is very highly regarded today. His two poems “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken” both suggest that the speaker is male. In “The Road Not Taken” he seems to be compelled to make a decision as to which road to take and ultimately chooses the lesser traveled road. In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, the speaker seems to be deep in thought about the woods he has stopped in, with no one around. He seems to enjoy the quiet and solitude but has other obligations that will not let him stay. In both poems, the speaker seems to be contemplative, thoughtful and peaceful. In “The Road Not Taken”, the speaker seems happy that he chose the road less traveled, as the last line says, “And that has made all the difference.” In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, the speaker appears deep in thought and is happy with his surroundings and seems to want to stay. However as the last line says, “And miles to go before I sleep”, it suggests that he must move on. Both poems rhyme very well and each poem has four stanzas. Both poems have soft, smooth sounds. Both poems make you think of the woods. “The Road Not Taken” also gives you the image of a path that splits and you must choose which to take. In conclusion, I believe “The Road Not Taken” is about making decisions in life and that sometimes it is better to choose the road that is less traveled. I believe that “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is about enjoying where you are at the moment and enjoying the peaceful surroundings that are around us all of the time, even when we do have other places to go and things to do. Take time to enjoy the moment.
Robert Frost – “The Road Not Taken” and...