Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know. 
His house is in the village, though; 
He will not see me stopping here 
To watch his woods fill up with snow. 

My little horse must think it queer 
To stop without a farmhouse near 
Between the woods and frozen lake 
The darkest evening of the year. 

He gives his harness bells a shake 
To ask if there is some mistake. 
The only other sound's the sweep 
Of easy wind and downy flake. 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 
But I have promises to keep, 
And miles to go before I sleep, 
And miles to go before I sleep.



Please select one of the following metaphors taken from the poem Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Evening:

- Promises to Keep

- Miles to Go

- The Woods, or

- The Horse,

Then produce a well-organized paragraph, stating how and why that metaphor is put in the plot of ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’. Remember to associate that chosen metaphor with your viewpoint of life in general, illustrating with examples/incidents happening to you or to a specific person you know in order to support your arguments.

The writing must be in the scope of 170 - 240 words. Be aware of and avoid similar ideas or sentences copied and pasted from other sources that the instructor will have to encounter again and again in some student's written items.

Note: Figurative language (ngôn ngữ hình tượng) such as similes (so sánh), metaphors (ẩn dụ), personifications (nhân hoá) is always observed in a poem. Analyzing a work of poetry cannot ignore the use of imagery and figurative devices since they enable readers to get insight into the core or the message implied in the work.


In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," the metaphor "Miles to Go" describes the journey of life, emphasizing the enduring nature of responsibilities and aspirations. As the speaker contemplates the tranquil beauty of the snow-covered woods, he acknowledges the allure of staying in that moment. However, the recurring refrain "And miles to go before I sleep" underscores the notion that there is much more ahead on his journey. We all have goals, dreams, and ambitions that extend far beyond the present moment. For me, being too busy with my kids and work doesn't stop me from pursuing this English language course as a long-held passion. Despite facing challenges, he reminded himself that there were still "miles to go" before he could attain his aspirations. Similarly, in my own life, the pursuit of education is a continual journey with numerous goals to achieve. The metaphor of "Miles to Go" in the poem represents the complicated path we travel through life. It underlines the idea that life is an ongoing journey, and each moment contributes to the experience and accumulation we cover. Just as the speaker eventually moves on from the woods, the metaphor reminds us that despite the allure of immediate pleasures or comfort, there are always more challenges, experiences, and achievements awaiting us.

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Teacher's feedback: The paragraph is remarkable with consistence in arrangement of ideas. The arguments are sensible. The use of connectors is satisfactory.