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In Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening we have a man who stops in the woods to watch the snow fall The speaker finds these woods to escape from the everyday stresses of life My own interpretation is that the man finds himself at a critical crossroad in his life and he flees to these woods to reflect on his life The woods that Frost illustrates are a representation of heaven Although the man is turning to God for guidance he is neither in nor near a church Even still he believes his location is irrelevant to God who ultimately listens no matter what In the second stanza the horse is only a figment of his imagination This horse is in actuality the speakers own consciousness a moment that we create something to relive the stress of our deepest emotions It acts as an internal censor to keep us close to sanity the value of life and maybe even God trying to save his life When he comes Between the woods and frozen lake he finds that he is at a crossroad in life The speaker ponders what direction to take whether to live as the moral man that he is or to take the easy way out by taking his own life Frost portrays The darkest evening of the year as the speaker comes to the end of his road In the third stanza while the speaker is giving His harness bells a shake he is really contemplating and asking himself if he should go through with the suicide The restful imagery of lovely dark and deep provides a simple peaceful and calm feeling that attracts the speaker to suicide He realizes that he had promises to keep but we can only hope that he decided to fulfill his obligations to God his family his friends and most importantly to himself However we will never know because as the poem
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