This statement could possibly be interpreted as the speaker not wanting to be seen stopping in the woods by God. The man in the village can be thought of as God because “[h]is house is in the village” and Frost’s use of house is similar to the house of God. Frost uses the imagery of the woods in the previous statement to depict death (Stopping by Woods 540). Therefore, the speaker watching the dark, cold woods fill with snow is an image used by Frost to hint that the speaker is contemplating death or suicide and that the speaker knows God would not like him thinking of death as an option. According to John Ogilvie, “The poet is aware that the woods by which he is stopping belong to someone in the village […] but at the same time they are his, the poet’s woods too, by virtue of what they mean to him in terms of emotion and private significance” (230).
Despite the simplicity of language, Frost uses conventional metaphors to explore complex ideas about life, death and nature. The uncertainty, even in the concluding stanza, that encompasses the poem only adds to the depth of possible readings. One aspect Frost explores through his use of extended conceptual metaphor is the representation of life as a journey. The traveller, tempted by death, ultimately concludes that he has “miles to go”, where the repetition of the final line develops a sense of monotony, expressing the growing sense of enervation. Interpreted in a purely literal way the traveller is confronted by a simple conundrum: whether to stop or go.
Frost was a rural Yankee whose writings reflect everyday experiences-his own experiences, but was one who saw metaphorical dimensions in the everyday things he encountered. These everyday encounters held ground as his subject manner, combined with the rural setting of New England nature, seasons, weather and times of day. Frost’s goal was to write his poetry in such a way that it would cover familiar ground, but in an unfamiliar way or uncommon in expression. Works Cited and Consulted Frost and Nature, www.frostfriends.org
At times Keats welcomes death and at other times is undecided, but always the nightingale is used as a representation for it. “That I might drink, and leave the world unseen, And with thee fade away into the forest dim:” He is talking to the nightingale here, telling it that he will go with it, into the forest. Here the nightingale signifies death and Keats is wishing to follow it, to, in effect, die. Keats uses the metaphor of fading to show his transition into death. This use of imagery emphasizes the reflective nature of Keats, and I find it a very effective way to show how he is thinking.
Faced with these decisions, he or she has to weigh their options carefully to make this choice. While reading this poem I was able to visualize the speaker looking far down both paths to see what each of them would bring. Though the speaker's sight is somewhat limited, on... ... middle of paper ... ... is simply taking a stroll trough the woods because he says in line 13, "I kept the first for another day," which leads me to believe that the next time he is walking in those woods he'll take the first path. I guess that Frost did his job because this poem has caused so much controversy and debates over the years. I just can't really fathom that this path was the meaning of life in a way.
Reiterating the point made before, “To E.T.” is a requiem in remembrance of Frost’s close friend Edward Thomas, and therefore the purpose of the poem is straight forward, to remember a fallen friend. Whereas “The Road not Taken” is a less personal poem and describes the choices before humans in society. One could take the same path as the majority or find a path not necessarily easy to traverse but can lead to great achievement (Lentricchia). Frost himself makes a reference to his own life in this poem, the path less traveled being living the life of a poem. Dissimilarly, “Stopping by woods on a Snowy Evening” is a poem of the human struggle.
This is a metaphor for thinking of a choice before deciding what to do. Nature is another key word use as a metaphor in the poem, because in the “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” signifies that it 's autumn.the woods are yellow which is meant in autumn. This is pretty much a metaphor for making decisions during the fall off of your life or when you get older and becoming a adult . Robert Frost is not really talking about a fork in the road but rather a fork in the weeds, and he is using these concepts of a diverging path to give an account to making decision in life. When frost chooses to write about these literary devices it makes him stand out and a better writer compare to other
Choice of Life in The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. (Frost 1-5) On the surface, Robert Frost’s poem is a story about a walk on a wooded road, but it had deeper meaning to him and how he feels about "the road." Also, the poem has a universal meaning about life and the choices it presents. Further, the poem is magnificently written in Frost’s own created rhyme style. Lastly, a sigh might just be a sigh to some, but in this piece it means much more to Frost.
In the poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost utilizes metaphors, imagery, and personification to enrich the meaning of the poem. The poem makes the reader ponder how he or she will never know what could’ve been, or what they’ve missed on their journey in life, and it will leave readers always wondering about “The Road Not Taken.”
In this poem, the speaker stopped by the woods on a winter evening observing its beauty while wrestling with himself about the idea of returning to the warmth of the village he lives in or stay and watch the snow fill up the freezing woods. “This poem illustrates many of the qualities most characteristic of Frost, including the attention to natural detail, the relationship between humans and nature, and the strong theme suggested by individual lines” (Explanation of: 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening). The speaker’s tone appears to be pensive as he wants to stay in the woods longer, but concedes that he has certain responsibilities to fulfill like travelling before resting. It is as if this outdoorsy person adores nature and needs to be a part of the