• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Robert Frost Selected Poems - 'The Road Not Taken' and 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' - Analysis and Appreciation

Extracts from this document...


Robert Frost Selected Poems 'The Road Not Taken' and 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' - Analysis and Appreciation Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on the 26th March 1874 and died on the 29th January 1963 in Boston. He was one of America's leading twentieth century poets and won many awards and honours, including four Pulitzer Prizes. When Frost was eleven, he moved to New England, where his interest in poetry came during his high school years at Lawrence, Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard from 1897 to 1899, although he did not get a formal degree. During his life, he went through many occupations such as working as a teacher and cobbler. He also managed a farm that his grandfather had bought him, but when this failed he decided to sell it and used the money to take his family to England, where he could devote his time to writing poetry. By the time he returned to the United States in 1915, he had written and published a number of collections and became one of America's most celebrated poets. With each new book - including 'Mountain Interval' (1916), 'New Hampshire' (1923) and 'Steeple Bush' (1947) - fame and publicity amplified. I do not read much poetry, although I particularly favour the writings of Robert Frost. Many of his poems including 'The Road Not Taken' and 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' focus on images and descriptions of the natural world. ...read more.


The narrator is walking through 'the road not taken' and looks into the future "with a sigh". He wonders what it will bring - will he be successful and reach his destination or not? There is an element of doubt in his mind - what if? What if he had taken the more common road, what would have happened? When people make choices in life, they always question the future. They hope that what they are doing will result in victory. If one succeeds in their goals, the chances are that they will never look back. On the other hand, if one does not attain their goal, they remember the other options they had and wish that they had chosen one of those, even though that may have also not worked. The traveller continues to think about the future as he walks and meets other forks (challenges), and considers what he will tell people about his choice... "Two roads diverged in to a yellow wood, and I - I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference" 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' comes across as very pensive and serene, describing, as many of Frost's poems do, tranquil images of nature. Although the poem does not have any direct metaphors and similes, there is a clear use of extended imagery which is the main poetic device in the poem although it takes a couple of reads before one can see it, unlike the subject of nature which can be seen in the first few lines. ...read more.


In 'Stopping By Woods...' the traveller is travelling on horseback on a snowy, dark evening as he passes peaceful, wild woods that belong to someone in the village. This could be a metaphor for unknown, unfamiliar circumstances. Even though one would think that the narrator is a different person each time, both travellers seem very similar. The traveller that takes 'the road not taken' is different from others. He seems to be a cool, level-headed, unbiased man who likes to take risks and try new challenges. The man who encounters the woods on a snowy evening is also different from others. Despite the cold and darkness, he insists on staying in the woods for some time. He loves the sense of desertion and loneliness and wants a break from the hustle and bustle of work. The dark and deep woods seem to reflect on him, revealing his dark emotion and depth of character. Both men are peculiar in their actions and views when compared with the majority of people, their deep thinking much the opposite to most of the impulsive minds of today. Both of the poems written by Frost have the use of extended imagery, giving them the 'Robert Frost's poetry' stamp straight away. Although the poems themselves are simplistic, plain and candid, they have very deep, significant and emotional messages, which teach readers the harsh realities of life. The poems provoke and challenge one's existence, bringing the true meaning of his words home to the reader, making them so beautiful and unique in their way. Mohini Yagnik Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Robert Frost section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Robert Frost essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost relates on both a literal and metaphoric ...

    3 star(s)

    The two paths represent the options man has to choose from. Faced with these decisions, man has to weigh his options carefully to make an optimal choice. At the split in the road, the speaker looks far down both the two paths to see what each of the paths will bring.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss Frosts use of language and setting in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy ...

    3 star(s)

    Whilst we can clearly see that the narrator speaks fondly of the secluded woods, the narrator's descriptions of the setting seem to deliver a constant undercurrent of a sense of unease, and the reader can begin to see an opposing view to the beauty of the woods.

  1. Write a Critical Appreciation of 'Birches'.

    The alliterative use of 'c' in 'climbing carefully' creates the initial sense of intensity. The long vowel sounds of assonance employed in 'same pains' emphasize the careful planning and execution of these daring acts.

  2. "The Road not taken" by Robert Frost

    his life's way while are still concerning about another possibility of his life if he has chosen another different path. I have ever read something in one of Aileen Zhang's novels and I think it is demonstrating a similar philosophy to this poet, "in everyman's heart, there shall be two

  1. Birches" moves the reader to interpret the deeper meaning within the poem. Frost uses ...

    "...And climb black branches up a snow white trunk..." Frost uses black and white imagery to convey the simplicity of childhood. The author also uses this to refer to a black and white world that is viewed only in the eyes of children which is not as far as complex as the grey that adults view.

  2. Stopping by the Woods On A Snowy Evening, Commentary

    The poem starts off with the persona plainly stating a fact, it makes the reader wonder on the persona's acquaintance with the owner of the woods since he appears to know where he resides. The fact that the owner wasn't there to watch how beautiful his woods looked at that

  1. Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken, and Nothing Gold Can Say

    He can only look so far though because you can not look into the far away future hence the line "To where it bent in the undergrowth". The bend means that you can not look further than that certain point.

  2. Critical analysis of "Out, Out--"

    Frost's poem begins with vivid imagery of sound, sight and smell. The onomatopoeia of line one: "The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard" is redoubled in line seven: "And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work