Essay on Robert Frost 3 Poem Comparison

1220 Words Feb 26th, 2013 5 Pages
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Birches”, and “The Road Not Taken”
Robert Frost was an American poet that first became known after publishing a book in England. He soon came to be one of the best-known and loved American poets ever. He often wrote of the outdoors and the three poems that I will compare are of that “outdoors” type.
There are several likenesses and differences in these poems. They each have their own meaning; each represent a separate thing and each tell a different story. However, they are all indicative of Frost’s love of the outdoors, his true enjoyment of nature and his wistfulness at growing old. He seems to look back at youth with a sad longing.
Each of these three poems are alike in that they are all about
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While there are many similarities in these poems, there are also several differences. In “Birches”, the season is both summer and winter, in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” winter and “The Road Not Taken” is set in fall. These seasons are ones that we sometimes use to represent the latter stages in life. Fall is a time when things are old and while sometimes beautiful, the days are numbered. Winter represents the barrenness and coldness of death. He uses summer to symbolize boyhood and youth.

In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” Frost does not tell us anything about the narrator. We never know anything about who “I” is. The only picture that we get of “I” is that he/she likes the woods, the snow and the peace that is found there. The idea is given that this is a man, out on an important mission. It would have to be important to ride out on a horse in a blizzard even though they used to ride horses everywhere. Also, “I” has miles to go and promises to keep. This indicates a level of responsibility that would suggest the narrator is a man.
“Birches” contains the most descriptive language of these three poems. He goes into great detail describing every bend and the way the birches look after being bent so many times. He thoroughly describes the ice cracking from the wind tossed trees, the way the ice shatters and falls to the snow. His extreme use of descriptive details helps to put the reader there. Focusing on the trees and the cold, giving the reader

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