How does Robert Frost create a sense of duty in his poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening? Or, Why does the poet decide to move on?
In Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening the poet stops by a snow-covered woods on his way to enjoy its beauty. But before long he realizes that he cannot afford to stand there for long as he has responsibilities and duties to perform. He expresses his regret that he has miles to go before he sleeps, i.e., a lot of things to do before he dies.
The woods here symbolizes the beautiful aspects of our lives that we may wish to see and enjoy for long. It also symbolizes the distractions in life. But, we have our duties. So we should not be tempted to waste a lot of our valuable time in the quest of beauty and enjoyment. We should ‘keep our promises’ first. Thus Frost creates a sense of duty in this poem.