Both characters are males and as they come to a stop they are presented with life’s possibilities and an alternative direction. The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken is presented with a decision. A difficult decision, for the choice he makes will determine the life he leads. “And sorry I could not travel both, and be one traveler, long I stood.” As he stares down both roads he notices one road looks grassier than the other, with newly fallen leaves not yet walked on. This is the road he takes. He learns as he’s walking, that the newly fallen leaves and the grass was the only difference between the two roads. “Though as for that the passing there, had worn really about the same.” He realizes he probably isn’t ever going to have a chance to come back to walk the road. “I doubted if I should ever come back.” He ends the poem with a disappointing yet content tone, stating that it doesn’t matter which road he took his journey wouldn’t have been any different.
Stopping by the Woods on a Snow Evening
By Robert Frost
The character in this poem knows where he is going and which road he needs to take. He stops in the woods captivated by the beauty, calm, and peace of the vacant yet fully alive woods. Even though he is physically returned to his purpose by his horse, he didn’t have to choose his unknown fate. He is immediately aware and makes reference to the owner of the land that he admires. He mentions the owner of the village as being ungrateful for his possession. He is wondering what the horse is thinks, as they remain stopped in the middle of the forest on the darkest night of the year without a farmhouse near as the snow continues to fall. He remembers he has made a promise and although he loves the woods he must continue on his journey. He has a long way to go without any sleep, before he reaches his destination. “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Both are on paths though...
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