Poetry Analysis



Both of Robert Frost’s poems explore the idea of choices in life as people we have to make. You make have one choice or more than one option. “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” explores the difficulty in making those choices through the metaphor of two roads and stopping off in the woods on a snow-filled night. Life in general throws your curves and you have to figure out the best resolution for the choices you have to make.
In “The Road Not Taken” the speaker is referring to two roads that are not travelled often and which one would you take. The paths make you believe that fate will lead you in the right direction and that you chose the right path in life. The speaker apologizes for not being able to take both paths and would come back later. The paths look similar. The conflict could be the paths in the woods and forks in roads are to represent what you as a person would have to do in choosing between two different options and if it’s the right choice. The conflict of this poem being resolved could be the identical forks symbolizing for us free will and fate. We as people are free to choose, but we do not know what we are choosing between like the speaker in the poem. The path you choose is determined by choice and chance and it is near impossible to separate the two.   In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” could symbolize the choice to walk in the woods while snowing, the challenges of the woods referring to challenges in decision makings, and the snow being pretty as it could symbolize the outcome of your choices beings successful and beautiful. It could symbolize the struggles in life and how long you have to go to overcome those struggles. This summary symbolizes the conflict and the conflict being resolved.
Frost gives two messages throughout both of these poems; the challenges that come with difficult decisions and the perspective of our...