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Robert Frost Essay

  • Submitted by: bzebrawarner
  • on August 31, 2013
  • Category: College Admissions
  • Length: 501 words

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Robert Frost is one the best poets of all time in my personal opinion.   Today I am going to compare and contrast “The Road Not Taken” and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Frost. I am going to talk about what is happening in the poems and the narrators conflict.
In “The Road Not Taken”, the narrator comes upon a fork in the road while walking through a yellow wood. He considers both paths and concludes that each one is equally well-traveled and appealing. After choosing one of the roads, the narrator tells himself that he will come back to this fork one day in order to try the other road. However, he realizes that it is unlikely that he will ever have the opportunity to come back to this specific point in time because his choice of path will simply lead to other forks in the road (and other decisions). The narrator ends on a nostalgic note, wondering how different things would have been had he chosen the other path.
The narrator decided to seize the day and express himself as an individual by choosing the road that was “less traveled by.” As a result of this decision his life was fundamentally different compared to what his life would have been if he would have chosen the well-traveled path.
This reading of the poem is extremely popular because every reader can empathize with the narrator’s decision: having to choose between two paths without having any knowledge of where each road will lead. Likewise, the narrator’s decision to choose the “less traveled” path demonstrates his courage. Rather than taking the safe path that others have traveled, the narrator prefers to make his own way in the world.
In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", Frost’s decision to repeat the final line could be read in several ways. On one hand, it restates the idea that the narrator has responsibilities that he is unwilling to fulfill. The repetition serves as a reminder to the narrator, as if he would ultimately decide to stay in the woods unless he forces himself to...

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