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Both Robert Frosts “A Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” are about making choices, affecting life. The both reflect on the human nature of questioning one’s self and one’s decisions in life. In “A Road Not Taken” it seems as if the speaker is upset that they had not taken a different path in life so he decides to “take the one less travel by. ” “Stopping By the Woods on a snowy Evening” tell us that the speaker is upset and regrets that they have missed things in life.
Both have to do with the feeling of making the wrong choice and facing disappointment in life while both poems are about different situations. “A Road Not Taken” is about coming to a cross road in life and trying to decide which path to take. To me it seems as if the speaker has followed the mainstream life style that everyone else around them had and they wanted to do something different in life.
The choice to do something different led them to “take the path less traveled”.
“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” the subject stops to gaze at the beauty of woods yet he leaves remembering that he had a prior engagement. The moods and motivation of both poems are similar, contemplative and conflicted. Both speakers are alone on their paths to make their own choices in life. Yet they seem fascinated with the calmness that is in front of them in the woods.
Both poems tell that the speakers have internal conflicts about their lives and the road is used at a metaphor for life. The speakers in both poems use different ways to decide what path to take for different reasons.
Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening the character is facing a decision of life and death when he is looking at the “dark woods” and “frozen lake” and his obligations in life outweigh staying in the woods in the isolation of the “lovely and “deep and dark” woods. In “The Road Not Taken” the speaker is confronted with the choice and option to follow the norm and take the path most traveled or take the path less traveled. He takes the path less traveled and in a way is going against the norms of society. He takes time to contemplate his decision and weighs out his choices when he says “Oh I kept the first for another day.”
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