Many critics have opined that this poem contains a conscious or unconscious death wish. The very common interpretation is that the speaker, presumably Frost himself, finds the woods so "lovely, dark and deep" that he is tempted to walk into them and lie down in the snow to let himself freeze to death. This would suggest that he is a very unhappy man and even that he doesn't want to go home. According to this interpretation, the speaker is prevented from realizing his "death wish" because he is reminded of his responsibilities and obligations to other people, probably to a wife and possibly to his children. After all, what is he doing out on a snowy night in a horse-drawn sleigh if he didn't have errands to run. This is "the darkest evening of the year," that is, the longest evening, which would be December 21st, just before Christmas. He might have Christmas presents as well as food in that sleigh. He seems a little paranoid about being seen by the man who owns the woods. Furthermore, he must realize that he can't leave his little horse standing there. If the horse didn't freeze to death itself, it might decide to go on to the nearest farmhouse, and then a search party would be out looking for the speaker. Or another traveler might come along and see the horse and sleigh and stop to investigate. There are strong arguments to favor this "death wish" interpretation. But Frost himself repeatedly denied that he had any such idea in his mind. Some writers, including his biographer Jeffrey Meyers, have actually argued that Frost did not understand the meaning of his own poem.