s poem. In the first parts of the poem, we read that the narrator is faced with a conundrum: to choose this path or that path. He does not know the answer but he takes a path anyway and moves on.The reader, at this point, would be led to believe that the persona will be all right with the decision he made. However, with the last line, especially the word sigh, let’s us believe that he may regret this decision, or at least expects himself to regret the decision. We may never know for sure but what is sure is that he is taking full responsibility for his action. The irony that is present here is that even if he has made a decision, the question of whether it is a right or wrong decision will keep on haunting the narrator. As he said, one can never go back.That echoes Dickinson’s poem: One can never go back. Like death, decision-making is something that one can never undo. It is final and one should accept it. Although both authors use the same techniques, the subjects are quite different. These subjects, though, are similar in a sense that they are inevitable in life, and one can almost hear the questions of the people about these conundrums.Dickinson tries to explain how one dies, or at least how she interprets it: it is a solemn, nostalgic and familiar ride. I Could Not Stop for Death and The Road not Taken.
Dickinson, Emily. Because I Could Not Stop for Death. Poemhunter.com, posted 20 January 2003. Web. December 4, 2011.
Frost, Robert. Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening (1915). Poemhunter.com, posted 3 January 2003. Web. December 4, 2011.
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