What is the central idea or theme or message of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening? Is the poem allegorical? What is that allegory then?
The last two lines of the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening suggests the theme of the poem.
“And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
The important thing here is that the poet repeats the last line to make an emphasis and attract the attention of the readers. In this very last line lies the allegorical interpretation. Here ‘sleep’ may refer to death. and ‘promises’ may refer to our duties.
The poem apparently presents the picture of a snow-covered woods and tells the tale of a man who wanted to enjoy the beauty of the woods but could not do so for long. He had to go to keep his promises.
We, in our real life, have many things to look at with awe, many things to enjoy. But in most cases we cannot, simply because we have other things to do in our short lifespan. So we have to move on. This is the message or theme inherent in the poem.
Again, the woods are symbolic of the beautiful aspects of life, as well as life’s temptations and distractions. We have got to go on our way to achieve our goals. So, we should not get distracted by the fascinating things around us.
The main message given by this poem is that we should not get tempted to any enjoyable things we see around us. We should not rest until our work is completed.
The main message given by the poem is that we shouldn’t be tempted by our surrounding and all of us should fulfill our duties before our time ends or before our death.