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Robert Frosts Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening William Wordsworths I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud and Octavio Pazs The Street share similar themes in that they all explore solitude and insightfulness There is an interesting contrast within this group of poems especially between the Frost and Wordsworth poems and Pazs illustration The first two poems are gentle and simple in their tone whereas the last is quite solemn and worrisome Frost and Wordsworth put positive connotations behind the themes of their poems while Pazs theme is mostly negative All three poems examine what a person might reflect on when they are alone and whether or not that reflection might be an affirmative or depressing experience Robert Frosts Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is a simple understated narrative lyric The speaker pauses briefly on a snowy evening to experience the breathtaking beauty of the woods In the poem the speaker begins by letting the reader know where he is He has stopped by the woods to enjoy the beauty of nature as the woods fill with snow He uses simple and easily understood words Between the woods and frozen lake Frost 1015 kindle images of the rider on a lonely road with the woods in the distance on one side and the frozen lake on the other In the speakers closing remark But I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep Frost 1016 it is evident that even though the woods are compelling him to stay he is compelled more so by his obligations and the demands of his life and those that society has placed on him The entire poem paints a very vivid image of the peaceful woods William Wordsworths I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is also a poem in which the speaker gains a great deal of pleasure in the beauty of nature and in this instance also reflects upon it later for
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