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What are the similarities between Roberts Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? How do they have a common theme, and also what differences are evident?

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In comparing the themes of these two poems and finding similarities, I'd focus on how nature can be distracting. In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the speaker longs to remain a while in the serenity of the snow-filled woods, yet he knows that he has "promises to keep." Thus, he must continue on his journey, eventually turning from his distraction and back to his purpose. "The Road Not Taken" also presents nature as somewhat of a distraction. Consider the way the speaker hesitates from the earliest lines:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the...

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