English 1002, Section 08
04 November 2015
The Importance of Choices in the Poems of Robert Frost
Robert Frost’s poems depict humans as travelers on the journey of life and are often centered on the setting of nature. While his poems may seem straightforward because of the simplistic natural setting, they often contain a much deeper and profound message, which resonates with the reader. Throughout our journey we must make choices, from the mundane, to the utterly life altering. There are three poems, "The Road Not Taken," "The Wood-Pile," and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," that convey his idea that our choices shape our futures and the people we become.
"The Road Not Taken", explores the acts and consequences of choices. The speaker finds himself between “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood/ And sorry I could not travel both” (Frost 1-2). The yellowness of the wood establishes an autumnal setting which is in sync with the speaker’s contemplative tone as he is deciding which road to take. The speaker looked down as far as he could, “To where it bent in the undergrowth” (Frost 4-5), but could not see beyond it. The “undergrowth” is a metaphor for the mysteries in life which remain unknown. The “two roads diverged” symbolizes the tough choices people come across while traveling the road of life. The regret of the speaker’s decision is expressed with a “sigh” as he reflects on the unsatisfactorily state of his current life, and realizes he will not be able to travel back. Life does not give you the chance to redo your choices.
"The Wood-Pile" further examines the importance of choices. The speaker is “Out walking in the frozen swamp one gray day” (Frost 1-2). When the speaker realizes “I was far from home” (Frost 8-9). He considers turning around and going home, but he decides to continue onward. He views a “small bird”...