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The depiction of life choices are seen through the works of Carl Sandburgs Choices and Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

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Anisha Patel Pelizzoni English 3 IB March 21, 2012 Comparing Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg The depiction of life choices are seen through the works of Carl Sandburg's "Choices" and Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Both of Frost's works exemplify the youthful aspect and experience of life contrasted by the old age, and more importantly, the fear that wearies life. On the contrary Sandburg's poem portrays the choices of life that may be deteriorated by fear or age but is balanced out by the accomplishments that may come from those choices. In both of Frost's poems the speaker is in situation where he has to choose from what he wants and what is right. In "The Road Not taken" the speaker chooses the eccentric approach to the choice he has to make, thus showing his inimitability and stimulating mindset while in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" the speaker wants a life without any fear or struggle but he has to abide by social responsibility. Where as in "Choices" the speaker is struck by fear and the reality from his choices. Whether good or bad, both authors portray the outcome of each choice, and the fear it may cause. In the poem, "The Road Not Taken", there is a decision that has to be made between two paths. ...read more.

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The speaker finds solitude and tranquility in the woods and realizes the world around him consists off an abundant amount of choices where social obligation and isolation become critical. He goes to the woods on the "darkest evening of the year" to watch them "fill up with snow", and stays there hoping there is "some mistake" or answer to his hesitant life choices. The speaker undergoes hesitation in the third stanza where he considers whether he should stay in the woods or not. The wood isolates him from the social obligation he strongly desires. He considers going back but notices the beauty of the "wind" and how its strength can blow away his fear, and worries in life. Finally, he realizes "dark and deep" wood and "frozen lake"; in this case the representation of death is not the answers to his worries. Unlike Frost, Sandburg describes life's choices through the good and the bad. He sets the poem "Choices" through his eyes and contrasts the life of others compared to the speaker. The speaker has to make a choice of moving forward or pursue a better path. Using diction such as "moonlight" and "sparkling" the author describes the better aspects of life, where as "hunger", "danger" and "death" exemplify the bad decisions the speaker has made. ...read more.

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The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. 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. Choices THEY offer you many things,? I a few.? Moonlight on the play of fountains at night? With water sparkling a drowsy monotone,? Bare-shouldered, smiling women and talk? And a cross-play of loves and adulteries? And a fear of death and a remembering of regrets:? All this they offer you.? I come with:? salt and bread? a terrible job of work? and tireless war;? Come and have now:? hunger.? danger? and hate. ...read more.

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