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Comparing Frosts Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Birches and The Road Not taken Robert Frost was an American poet that first became known after publishing a book in England He soon came to be one of the best-known and loved American poets ever He often wrote of the outdoors and the three poems that I will compare are of that outdoorsy type There are several likenesses and differences in these poems They each have their own meaning each represent a separate thing and each tell a different story However they are all indicative of Frosts love of the outdoors his true enjoyment of nature and his wistfulness at growing old He seems to look back at youth with a sad longing Each of these three poems are alike in that they are all about woods and outdoors or an item in the woods The word wood or woods is used in each of these poems at least once It is used to represent both literally the tree or trees and figuratively they represent a journey to peace a climb to heaven In The Road Not Taken the wood is merely the setting It is described as a yellow wood This is obviously fall I can see the orange yellow and red leaves lying all around The graybrown bark of the trees where the leaves are already fallen The bright plumes where they have not The trees also hide the road as it passes from sight around the bend This symbolizes the uncertainty of the future You can look ahead but there is no way to know what is around the next bend Birches is seems to be entirely about woods and trees As the name implies this is the main focus though the story They are shown as an opponent for a boy that once beaten though very
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