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Using Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening and The Road Not Taken, write about the way Robert Frost uses some apparently simple situations to explore life's journey. Robert Frost often writes about journeys. Although his poems may at first seem plain, they have wider meanings, which often regard life's journey. Because people can often relate to Frost's writing due to his simple language, he is a still a very popular poet today. His life spanned two important eras of literature - the Victorian and Modernist eras - as he was born in 1874 and died in 1963. He was American but travelled to England, which may account for his vivid descriptions of the world and his knowledge of the decisions in life which have to be made. 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' is a typical Frost poem. It centres on this theme and a natural setting. The narrator is travelling near woods. He is alone and has complete solitude: 'Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though'. The poet here suggests that this man is on his own in an isolated area as even the owner of the woods does not live nearby, but in the town. ...read more.


Commitments to other people keep us going, even the traveller who is really just a bloke on a horse. He himself has to travel life's journey and I feel that this poem may suggest a lack of faith and that he was looking for some meaning, perhaps God and does not convert but continues to go on. On the other hand, he may even be contemplating suicide for the ultimate escape, which would be ending life's journey. There is a strong rhythm in this poem. There are four quatrains with each line being an iambic tetrameter. The rhyme scheme is ABBA, BBCB, CCDC, DDDD. Using the rhyme of the third line in each verse in the following verse creates the strong rhythm and the repetition of the last two lines of the poem where the rhyme scheme is DDDD emphasises the hard work the traveller has in front of him. Another Frost poem regarding a journey is 'The Road Not Taken.' This poem is about a traveller who came to a fork in a road and could not decide which road to travel down. We learn that he would like to have travelled down both: 'Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller' He found it ...read more.


The other traveller will carry on with his life. Both poems present the fact that life is a journey and we have to make a lot of decisions in our lives. The traveller with the horse chose to carry on with life, even through hard times though the traveller who made a decision to go down the less travelled road perhaps did not make the right decision and will view the journey he took in a negative manner. The man on the horse saw the positive side of life in the end and had hope after having a lack of faith. In conclusion, we may face decisions in life but these have to be made carefully and nobody should distract us from the decisions that we make, like the traveller in 'The Road Not Taken'. Frost demonstrates in these poems that simplicity can lead to wider possibilities and we have to be able to find these meanings in order to understand the journey of life. I prefer 'The Road Not Taken' as it makes me think more about the decisions that have to be made in life and how important they can be. Frost wants us to make the right decisions so that we do not feel regret and I feel that this is an important issue. ...read more.

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