Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Theme of Choices

The speaker in "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" makes several choices, many of which his dearly beloved horse does not agree with. The biggest choice that he wrestles with is whether to return to the warmth and safety of the village or to stay and watch the woods fill up with snow. Our speaker does seem to have a hard time making his decision. He ultimately decides to return home, but it seems to take all of his willpower.

Questions About Choices

  1. What decisions does our speaker make in this poem?
  2. What does our speaker want?
  3. What choices does Frost make in crafting this poem and in telling this story? What information does he include and what information does he leave out?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Our speaker chooses life over death.

Our speaker chooses death over life.

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