Frost can give one a lot to think about in few
words. Often he has several levels of meaning with
one descriptive scene. In "The Road Not Taken" the
reader knows that this poem is about more than a
momentary walk in the woods. Life's choices are
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.
Many of Frost's poems have a rural setting. In "The
Pasture" he writes about the chores that a farmer
must do. The speaker seems to think that the reader
might want to accompany him and invites the reader
to go with him.
going out to fetch the little calf
That's standing by the mother. It's so young
It totters when she licks it with her tongue,
I sha'n't be gone long. -- You come too.
"Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" Frost goes
far beyond the Christmas card scene. Readers have found
"meanings" in this poem ranging from the
contemplation of suicide to the obligations of life
and to momentary appreciation of nature. Regardless
of one's interpretation, most readers find a
personal meaning in the last stanza.
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.