Life Choices as Represented in Robert Frost’s Stories

I enjoy Robert Frosts poems, because they fill my mind with images and my heart with soulful insights. This essay explores the images and insights in “Fire and Ice,” “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “The Road Not Taken.” I think these poems talk about the importance of recognizing that life is the end product of the choices we make.

The choices people make result in the lives they lead. In “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” the speaker talks about stopping by a house in a snowy evening. He says that it must be “queer” to be stopping, when it is cold and dark, in front of a stranger’s house. Still, he knows that it is his choice to do so. At the same time, it is also his choice to move on: “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep” (Frost). He moves forward to other destinations, which indicates that people also choose whether they stick with what they have or pursue something more. “Fire and Ice” further shows that perceptions affect people’s decisions and choices. It says: “Some say the world will end in fire,/Some say in ice” (Frost). People will believe what they want to believe, and these beliefs will impact their attitudes and behavior. It is also symbolic to know that to destroy, they can use fire or ice, as the poem says. It stresses that life is about loving or hating and people will choose between the two. Another poem asserts the difficulty in making choices: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–/I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference” (Frost). People have to make a choice because even in not making one, it is a choice in itself.

These poems emphasize that people cannot avoid making decisions in life. They have to make choices, and these choices will shape their destinies. Indeed, they cannot evade the choices they have to make. They can only choose what they think is best and move on from there.

 

Works Cited
Frost, Robert. “Fire and Ice.”
—. “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
—. “The Road Not Taken.”