Choices: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

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Choices: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

What is happening in each poem? How do they compare and contrast? What is the main idea to both poems? The poem “The Road Not Taken” is a very sentimental poem, because it is about a choice. On the other hand, the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is about the choice that someone made already.

In “The Road Not Taken” the person chose to take a road with an unknown ending, and is less traveled. Moreover, the writer was letting people know that sometimes taking the less traveled path makes a huge difference. The evidence I found was “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. (Frost, 2008)” This poem is basically about a life choice, because sometimes people comes to a fork in the road, and they have to decide which way is better for them. However, sometimes people do not make the right choice, but it’s a life lesson to be learned.

In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” the writer was talking about slowing down to enjoy life. Too many people try to get caught up in life, but if they would just slow down and look around they might feel relaxed and safe. The evidence that I found to make me believe this poem was are slowing down for life was “To watch his woods fill up with snow, (Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, 2008)” and “The woods are lovely, dark and deep (Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, 2008)”.

Both poems compare to one another, because one is about making a choice while the other is about enjoying it. Those poems tones were the same sad, yet hopeful, which makes me believe the writer, Robert Frost, was a very sad person full of hope, and the desire for something grater. I would recommend those poems to teenagers up to adults, because that is when life starts taking hold, and that is when choices become.


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