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Robert Frost Poems Essay

707 words - 3 pages

“I took the [road] less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Everyone knows of “the road not taken,” even if they don’t know of the poem that goes by the name. The same can be said of the feelings evoked by “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” They ripple deep sentiments in their readers. Lives have been changed by reflecting on what these poems mean. And what they do mean has been debated and discussed in clubs, colleges, and internet cafés across the world. These are great poems.
However, it is a strange contradiction found in his poetry. Here we have this great works provoking soulful self-examination in a way so plain and ordinary. “The Road Not Taken” is a piece written poking fun at a friend’s indecisiveness with the path taken during leisurely strolls through the park; however, that same poem is one of the things that brought that friend to the battlefields of World War I, and ultimately his death. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” on the other hand is often interpreted to do with death or depression but I read it and think of the beauty of snow and the power of silence. Similarly to the other poem, it doesn’t have a fixed meaning intended by Frost (at least that I know of). The fact that it is not about some grandiose is what makes these so timeless. It brings an elusive transmutive property to its meaning. Let me show the combined feelings of reading these poems together:
There is a feeling of being lost even when one knows exactly where they’re going. Your eyelids close like curtains pulled by the wind, and the silence of the night is deafening. Pause to look around now; there is an eerie beauty in this place. Life and death collide in the woods, and the snow, and the long road ahead. When the road splits, or has it already? Or will it soon? It will take you down a path away from this choice and you will certainly never return....

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