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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening vs. The Collar.

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Tyler Harden Ms. Davis ENGL 102-026 3 April 2003 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening vs. The Collar In life, we all have certain responsibilities that we need to uphold. For example, a mother needs to care for her baby, a teacher is to effectively teach his/her students, and in the same way, a pastor is to give spiritual guidance to his congregation. Though we all have responsibilities in life, we also have things that distract us, things that appear to be more appealing at a given moment in time, and as we come to that point in our lives, we need to decide which is more important to us. Evidence for this can be seen in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and in The Collar. Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and George Herbert's The Collar can be compared in that both poems emphasize the roles and responsibilities people have in life and the duties they have to fulfill. What separates the two poems is a distinct difference in speaker and situation, which implies a different purpose in each. ...read more.

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In the last two lines of the poem, the speaker hears God calling him, and he chooses to listen to Him. One can infer that the man's calling is to become a priest from the title of the poem, referring to the collar that a priest or another member of the clergy would wear. Another interpretation of the title is in its irony. A collar restricts someone from going somewhere where they should not be. The irony is in the fact that he says his life is free, yet a collar reflects something confining. In both poems the speakers recognize that they have a destiny to fulfill in life, and acknowledge that they need to pursue that. The Collar is different than Stopped by Woods on a Snowy Evening because the speaker in the story wants to ultimately serve God and do what God has planned for his life. The speaker starts out angry at the priesthood and living a restricted life, "I struck the board, and cry'd, 'No more; I will abroad!'" (950), yet he ends saying "But as I rav'd and grew more fierce and wild at every word, me thought I heard one calling, 'Child:' and I replied, 'My Lord'" (951). ...read more.

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Another difference between the two stories is that in The Collar the speaker is speaking out in anger, but in Stopped by Woods on a Snowy Evening the speaker is more or less content with his life, although he would like to spend more time in the woods if he didn't have other things to do. The attitudes in which the two speakers present the information to us are completely opposite. The differences in attitude help to portray and to emphasize the speaker's purpose in life. Attitude alone is able to give us the purpose of the speaker and emphasize his commitment to himself and to God. It ties together their responsibilities so that we are able to observe their differences. By doing this, the poems cause one to ponder the meaning of life and why their existence on the Earth is so important. They point out that we are assigned our duties and responsibilities for a purpose, and part of our purpose as God's creation is to fulfill His call for our lives. So if you're a mom, be a good mom. If you're a teacher, be good teacher. And if you're a pastor, do all you can to help those that follow you. ...read more.

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