Stopping By Woods On A Snowing Evening Analysis

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With regards to Robert Frost’s creation, the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowing Evening” is an overlapping of a series of conceptual metaphors at global and local scale that conceptualize Death as a JOURNEY TO A FINAL DESTINATION, a SLEEP, a DEPARTURE, a REST. At the literal level the poem describes a man on his journey that stops by some woods covered in winter decorum and is tempted to halt his journey for a while. However, even if he is exhausted and wishes to fall asleep, the traveler remembers that he has obligations and responsibilities that he cannot abandon. Thus, on the literal level the speaker has a long trip home, however the metaphorical level suggests that the “miles to go” means life; while his desire to “sleep” stands for death. The world-weary speaker is tired of life and things only death could give him peace and rest that would be “lovely, dark, and deep” Still, it is too early for him to depart as he has not fulfilled all his duties. The poem explores different slots from…show more content…
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