Poetry

Topics: Poetry, The Road, Robert Frost Pages: 5 (473 words) Published: May 22, 2014


Poetry Analysis
Josue Rodriguez
Everest University Online

The choices we make in our lives play a major role in whom or where we are going to be later in the future. There may be a time in our lifetime where we are faced with two or more choices. That is where we have to use the right judgment and decide what is more convenient. Two of Robert Frost most famous poems “The Road Not Taken” and “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” demonstrates several similar subjects. The main two similarities in these two poems are choices and the love for nature. In “The Road Not Taken”, the speaker comes across two roads. We can see this when he states in the first stanza “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (Robert Frost, 2013, p.613) but then says “ Had worn them really about the same” (Robert Frost, 2013, p.613) in the last line of the second stanza. One that the majority had taken and one that was less taken. He makes the decision not to go with the majority, but to be himself and takes the path less traveled. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” talks about stopping on a property that was someone else’s, but the speaker wanted to watch the snow fill the trees. The conflict for each speaker in both of Robert Frost poems was that they had to make a concrete decision. In “The Road Not Taken”, the speaker resolves his conflict by taking the road less taken. Although we can see that in the last stanzas he rethinks his decision on what would have been if he had taken the other road. After observing them he came to the conclusion that they were both equally the same. In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” the speaker bases his decision when he says, ” but I have promises to keep” (Robert Frost, 2013, p. 611) which might have been promises he made to his village. Both of these poems are similar in a way that they both relate to nature and decision making. Reading them together, gives you the impression that choices are important. We should choose every decision we make in life wisely. What we choose today will reflect on us the day of tomorrow. We might think back at the time when we made the decision at that precise time, but know that we cannot go back in time and therefore made the right choice. Positive or negative we cannot blame destiny or others for our choices we do, make or have made through our life time.

References
Frost, R. (2013). “The Road Not Taken” ” Pearson Custom Library of American Literature , Introduction to American Literature. Boston: Pearson Publishing. Frost, R. (2013). “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” Pearson Custom Library of American Literature , Introduction to American Literature. Boston: Pearson Publishing.
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