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Compare and Contrast Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy...

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katsbeee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 18, 2011 at 7:57 AM via web

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Compare and Contrast Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

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janellem24 | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted August 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" are comparable as they both deal with human nature.  They also both deal with some level of remorse.  In "The Road Not Taken" it is clear that the speaker regrets not taking a certain path.  "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" shows some regret about not appreciating the small things in life.  Both of these poems by Robert Frost give some advice about how people should live their life.

They are different in the situations that they deal with.  "The Road Not Taken" focuses on coming to a crossroads in life and how to choose the best option for you.  "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" tells us that we should slow down and learn to appreciate little things everyday.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 16, 2012 at 2:54 AM (Answer #2)

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There is a strong similarity between Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and his "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." In both poems the speaker is on a journey and comes to a stop. In both poems he indicates the season of the year, which is fall in "The Road Not Taken" and early winter in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." In both poems the speaker is all alone and seems to be having troubled feelings and emotions. Finally, in both poems the speaker (who is presumably Frost himself) has to move on because he cannot remain all alone in the woods. In "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" he moves on because he remembers he has obligations to fulfill, while in "The Road Not Taken" he moves on because he has to make a choice of one road or the other. There is very little difference in the motivations of the speakers in the two poems. The moods of both poems are very similar. The speaker seems lonely, puzzled, fascinated by the beauty of nature but forced to attend to the business of living.

Frost maintained that all writing, including poetry, should be dramatic. He makes these two poems dramatic by suggesting that the speakers both have internal conflicts. In "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" the speaker would like to stay by the woods much longer and enjoy the silence and the visual beauty. In "The Road Not Taken" the speaker would like to follow both roads but cannot do so because they "diverge" in entirely different directions.

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