The Road Not Taken And Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, By Robert Frost

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“A poem is best read in the light of all the other poems ever written… Progress is not the aim, but circulation.” “Enthusiasm must be forced through the prism of metaphor.” “Griefs are not the same as grievances.” “There are no two things as important to us in life and art as being threatened and being saved… All our ingenuity is lavished on getting into danger legitimately so that we may be genuinely rescued.” These prodigious quotes are all from the aspiring poet, Robert Frost. During Frost’s lifetime he was challenged with a multitude of devastating experiences. The events that he had been challenged with contributed to the acclaimed writer he is today. This presentation will explain the difficult path Frost had to face in order to get where…show more content…
His difficult journey may have been a struggle, but these tragedies helped him create the depth of his meaningful poems.
Since Frost has written a plethora of scholarly writings, I will narrow it down to only discussing two poems: “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” In both poems, Frost creates a calming setting that is overwhelmed with symbolism. The setting that creates the symbolism is vital in developing the whole story and meaning behind the poem. The setting in both poems allows the reader to connect with real world experiences.
In “The Road Not Taken” the setting begins with, “Two roads diverging in a yellow wood.” This opening sentence sets the scene and presents Frost with a problem of which road to take. Frost further states, “To where it bent in the undergrowth.” His setting continues to be more descriptive which allows the reader to visualize what Frost is experiencing. He continues with, “And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear.” By putting this line in the poem Frost shows the reader, with description, that one road looks more appealing to the eye than the other. The roads diverging are symbolic containing several different themes. The following themes help support that symbolism: life presents challenges, choices are what we make them, and some roads are more bumpy than
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When he states, “To stop without a farmhouse near, Between the woods and frozen lake, The darkest evening of the year,” he creates a cold atmosphere to represent death. He continues to state, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep.” The dark but peaceful setting lures Frost in wanting to stay. Even though he wants to stay, he ends up going on with his journey because he has promises to keep. This poem also represents how Frost expresses his voice. He released all of his negative thoughts into a creative outlet, which has made him the famous writer he is

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