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What is the meaning of "And miles to go before I sleep,/ and miles to go before I...

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abhijit000012 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 4, 2012 at 8:12 AM via web

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What is the meaning of "And miles to go before I sleep,/ and miles to go before I sleep"?

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

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vmoriarity | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM (Answer #1)

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The final two lines of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" are repeated, which usually means the line is very important. Critics have offered several interpretations of these lines.   One is that "And miles to go before I sleep" refers to death.  The author visits woods that are  "lovely, dark and deep" on the "darkest day of the year."  It is possible the woods symbolize death, yet the poem seems so peaceful, it could be that the woods represent nature and freedom.  His brief stop in the woods may just be a moment of freedom before returning to the obligations of society.  "But I have promises to keep" may refer to those obligations and the final two lines could be more literally interpreted.

 

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ireneleya-123 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM (Answer #2)

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The inner meaning of the lines are that the poet has many things to do before he dies

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