In literature, writers often use symbols of nature to symbolize emotion and reflection. Flowers may symbolize life as drought may symbolize death and a loss of hope. In the poems “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “A Poison Tree,” Frost and Wordsworth use the shallow image of a flower and the woods to symbolize a change of emotion and thought in one’s life.
Two roads diverging in different directions lead to an unknown destination because no one knows where the paths will take them. The two paths in the woods are symbolic for there being many choices in life. The speaker also depicts the two paths with leaves covering both equally, which shows that both are mysterious and lead to somewhere unknown to the person traveling it. Also, that no matter what choice is made do not look back, but to keep moving forward. For example in the poem the speaker says, “I took the one less ...view middle of the document...
One of the lines “the darkest evening of the year” (540), is described as the winter solstice or could also depict the emotion of depression. It could mean that the speaker is sad and trying to get away from life by giving into the temptation of the woods.
Nature is represented in “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” as a symbol of beauty. The daffodils in the scenery that the speaker observes are personified as a crowd of people. Also, the actions of the flowers with their dancing is compared to the shining of stars is used as a depiction of their beauty. The speaker is observing nature and interpreting it as the most joyous moment one could see in their life. In the poem the speaker says, “I gazed and gazed but little thought, what wealth the show had brought me”. (476) It means that the speaker has forgotten the value of nature and seeing it upfront has shown the true beauty of nature. It is very beautiful that words cannot describe the true value; that people have to see it to believe it.
Nature is used to capture one’s emotion or thoughts like two paths in the woods that become choices in life for a person to decide. No one knows where it will lead or where it will take him or her. Also, the snowy woods in the second poem is a symbol for darkness or temptation to a man who has gone off his path of fulfilling a promise. A flower is used as a symbol in the last poem to describe the beauty of nature the speaker saw and the happiness it brought to him. It is used to project the true meaning of nature and its value.
Frost, Robert. "The Road Not Taken." Literature: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Janet E. Gardener, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin, 2013. 536. Print.
---. "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." Literature: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Janet E. Gardener, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin, 2013. 540. Print.
Wordsworth, William. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud." Literature: A Portable Anthology. Ed. Janet E. Gardener, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin, 2013. 476. Print.