Robert Frost's poem, "Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening", deals with a man's uncertainty about himself. On the surface, the narrative discusses a person who stops by woods, unsure of whose they are and piques the curiosity of his horse because such a move is unusual for them. Frost uses this scenario to symbolize a deeper meaning. Although the actual meaning he is trying to convey is debated among critics.
The poem that seems just a narrative of a person walking through the woods, has an underlying meaning. The man who is passing by the woods is continuing with the same routine that he is used to. Even though he has somewhere to go, he becomes distracted by the woods. The distraction the woods provide symbolizes something greater. The woods symbolize "a world offering perfect quiet and solitude"(Ogilvie 1). This world presents a contrast to the world in which he has responsibilities, the one he is used to and a little bored with.
In the end, although he has not left the woods, he has come to the realization that he can not stop because of the promises he "has to keep" (Frost 402). Not only that but he realizes that he has "miles to go before I sleep"(Frost 402). He repeats this line twice because of his exhaustion and the fact that he knows he will not get rest until he finishes what he needs to finish.
The beginning of the poem starts out with the persona questioning the ownership of the woods he is passing by (Frost 402). This action reveals that from the beginning he questions what he thinks he knows. This can be paralleled to the idea that his uncertainty does not end with the woods, but there are other things he is...