There are two similarities in content between the two poems by Robert Frost.
First of all, the two poems are describing farm work on the surface, but then reveal that Frost has to fulfill responsibilities in poetic creation and his writing career. In ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”, the wood (L13) is portrayed as a dark and deep attraction to draw the speaker away from its promises and responsibilities in real life. Resting too long in the wood in the darkest evening of the year (L8) is dangerous because the traveler may lose one’s way and freeze. As this idea being applied to Frost’s writing career, Frost is being drawn to wildness and darkness in life and forgets about his responsibilities of writing poems. In ‘Gathering Leaves’, “but a crop is a crop” (L22) has two levels of interpretation. The first “crop” refers to the gathered leaves and harvested crops while the second “crop” refers to reward and value. This suggests that the value lies in the effort of gathering leaves. As for Frost’s poetic creations, the effort in gathering ideas is its own value. He confirms his value in poetic creations and finds his motivations to carry on.
Moreover, the two poems have stated that Frost has to go on with his life and work hard to fulfill his responsibilities in life and work. In ‘Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening’, “I have promises to keep” (L14) refers to Frost who has to keep his promises to fulfill responsibilities in real life. Also, “miles to go before I sleep” (L15-L16) has two levels of meaning. On the surface, it means that Frost still has a long way to cross the woods before he can rest. Frost deep down wants to express that he has a long journey before his death. In ‘Gathering Leaves’, “and who’s to say where the harvest shall stop?” (L23-L24) is a rhetorical question which is used to show that the harvest shouldn’t stop. It symbolizes Frost’s work as a poet. It tells that Frost should not stop but get on with his job and collect ideas...
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