Why can't the speaker enjoy the beauty of the woods?

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The poem doesn't give readers an explicit and concrete answer to this question; however, the poem does offer enough evidence for a reader to hazard a guess or two as to why the man can't stay stopped by the woods. One possible reason as to why the man can't stay stopped is a straightforward and realistic reason. It's cold, he's getting cold, and he needs to get himself and his horse to shelter. We are told that the man stopped at night, and night temperatures are...

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