“THE ROAD NOT TAKEN" AND "STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING”
“TheRoad Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
“TheRoad Not Taken”
RobertFrost’s “the road not taken” is a poem that simply talks aboutdecision making. The narrator is a traveler, who finds himself at across roads and has to make a choice to take. This is evident rightfrom the beginning where the narrator is indicated to face the firstdilemma of cross roads and having the regret that he cannot travel inboth. The narrator uses phrases as “looked down one as far as Icould” and “took the other, as just as fair” to indicate hisweighing of options out in his mind.
However,the narrator realizes that either choice that he would make has nosignificant difference in reference to his expectations. This iscaptured in the line, “the passing there had worn them really aboutthe same” suggesting either decision would have no dramatic effect.The narrator finally shows contentment with the decision he made.“Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should evercome back”, indicates finality with his resolution.
“Stoppingby Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Thepoem “stopping by woods on a snowy evening” is all about atraveler, who gets caught up in the beauty of nature. The beautifulsight of a snowy evening in the woods gets him negotiating withinhimself whether to stay and take it in or move on to meet hisappointments. His indecisiveness creates the conflict after which hemakes a resolution that he has to go because he has responsibilities.This is registered in the last stanza, “but I have promises tokeep”.
Inboth poems, the narrators are faced with a dilemma, which make themto think of making a decision that would be final. In both cases, thenarrators are indicated to resolve their conflicts by choosing adecision that seems better and of a lesser evil.
Frost,R. (1993). Theroad not taken, and other poems.New York: Dover Publications.