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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost
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I need ideas for "Life is longer than any ride" in the poem "stopping by woods on a snowy evening."

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I suppose the main thing that I think of is that a ride has a specific destination in mind, and life is made up of several trips.  Life really is about the journey, not the destination.  In the end, we all die.  Nothing meaningful there.

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I suppose the main thing that I think of is that a ride has a specific destination in mind, and life is made up of several trips.  Life really is about the journey, not the destination.  In the end, we all die.  Nothing meaningful there.

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The idea "Life is longer than any ride" capitalizes on the ending of the poem in which Frost emphasizes the promises he must keep and the miles he must travel before he sleeps.

Taken literally, miles before I sleep refers correctly to the many miles he will drive through a rural snow storm. Anyone who ever traveled through a snow storm knows this is a profoundly correct reflection: you are fully aware that you have miles and miles to go through blinding snow before you can sleep (or give up and stop at an inn on the roadside).

Taken figuratively, this is understood as Frost's contemplation of desired accomplishments or fulfilled responsibilities before his death.

Either way, considered literally or figuratively, the thought expressed is that a ride is something, anything, that lasts a period of time, while life, be it restorative sleep or accomplishments and responsibilities before death, is something that passes through many phases, many "rides," as it were. This is what you can muse on and comment on in your paper.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

 

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Writing on this subject, you will want to distinguish between the definition of life and a ride. How is a ride distinctly different from life? What is the nature of a ride, especially when compared to "life"? 

This topic is not so easy to help with because the question is just...a bit vague. Is there more you can say about the prompt?

Though the poem features a sleigh ride, it is a rather allegorical poem. The ride is not "just a ride".

Also, the poem is not centrally concerned with a contrast like the one implied in this topic question. The poem is an appreciation of beauty. It's a "stop and smell the roses" poem, not an either/or poem; not a this vs. that poem. At least, I read the poem as an appreciation of beauty. 

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