Head Full of Doubt Road Full of Promises

Topics: Choice, Philosophy of life, Life Pages: 2 (630 words) Published: April 1, 2013
Choosing The Road Full of Promises

Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” are two works of literature written by the same man with both similar and contrasting views on life the choice made. In “The Road Not Taken” the speaker is faced with two equally appealing and traveled upon roads. He wishes to go down both but life doesn’t work that way so he must choose one. In the end he says that his choice was life altering. In “Stopping Through the Woods on a Snowy Evening” a possibly older gentleman is traveling through the woods on the darkest day of the year. He pauses to take in the view around him and is faced with the choice of staying in the woods or returning to the village and the responsibilities that await him there. Eventually he gathers up all his willpower and leaves the peaceful woods behind. He does after all have promises to keep. Though the tone of the poems differ vastly, each showcases the difficulty of life changing decisions the will power to go through with said decisions and the ever prevalent what if’s that follow those choices. In the Poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” The speaker is faced with a decision that could change his life. At first glance the reader may believe that it is simply about a man pausing to enjoy the beauty that the world around him holds. It isn’t until the last stanza that the meaning truly sets in. ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep but I’ve got promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep.” The speaker mentions that the woods are lovely, dark, and deep. They represent something that is so beautiful and yet so dangerously alluring. In the deep woods lies freedom from the responsibilities waiting for him in the village. The village could also symbolize life with all of its difficulties and hardships while the woods symbolize death, a peaceful respite from a harrowing, tedious existence. {(In the end it takes all his will...
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