Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," why does the man get back to his journey in the last stanza?

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I spent a summer at the Bread Loaf School of English several years ago. RobertĀ Frost's farmhouse is part of the campus, and we had an annual "Robert Frost picnic" on the grounds. It is located on top of Bread Loaf mountain, just outside the town of Ripton, Vermont.

If you ever visit, you'll understand why Frost would stop in the middle of a snowstorm to watch a field be covered with snow. It is absolutely beautiful. A river (or large creek; can't remember) runs parallel to the road up the mountain,...

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Dear friend,

he wants to go back either because he does not want to stay inactive (to sleep) or does not want to let things take their own route. In any case of the two, he wants to continue with his responsibilities or he wants to have a say in what goes on in his life. He just stopped in the woods for a little break, maybe because something aroused his curiosity, and he wonders about it himself (putting the question in the horse's mouth).However, as soon as he realizes what he has done, he pulls himself together, and assumes his responsibilities. He is definitely not ready to give in to anything that would take control of his life, whether that be someone else's dominance or death itself.

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