life is longer than any rideI need ideas fo "Life is longer than any ride" depending on the poem "stopping by woods on a snowy evening". I need best answers.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.


e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

sesh | Student

    Well.. let me say something about the statement, "Life is longer than any ride". It simply means the distance and the harshness is more in "life's ride" than any.

    So lets move on to the poem "Stopping by the woods" by Robert Frost. Its not simply a light hearted celebration of nature, but there is a great depth inside. Frost uses trival rural examples to ellaborate complex social issues. Apperently the scene is, the poet stops at woods to watch snow falling in the woods. But it is not mere enjoying of beauty, poet implies it's strange. Even the sleigh horse is confused by his marster's behaviour. (My little horse think it qeer)

While he enjoys the beauty of this, the horse's act of shaking harness bells makes him remember that he has some other things to do. (Promises to keep) and realizes he can not just pass the time by looking at the beauty of snow falling but has obligations that cannot be ignored. He forces himself to remember these responsibilities. "And miles to go before I sleep" The harshness of fulfilling those things is compared to miles in the "Life's ride". So the longest ride is life's ride because any would not contain such list of to-do things.

    So Frost implies he can't just go on enjoying the beauty of nature but he has to dedicate time for other works. And nothing will contain that much of to-do things like life does.

ricardo222222 | Student

please..any help ?

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