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.
These are the last lines of a famous poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. This poem was part of our 8th grade English text. The poem did enchant and gave a feeling of deeper meaning right at the moment when I first listened to it. There are multiple interpretations of the same. I just love these last four lines of this poem and have been the inspiration for me in many ways. It kind of gave me that motive to go on when the life has come to a standstill and there is no direction. Here is my favorite interpretation of those lines
You may find the current stage in life as the most beautiful and fulfilling and make you also feel contented, but please go back to your dreams, the promises that you made as a child, as a son, as a brother, as a friend, as a father, as a citizen and also as a human to this world. You really need to keep all those promises. And so, your Destiney is still quite far away and you have to pass all those obstacles and also walk through many such lovely woods, face storms, walk through deserts, cross the seas to fulfill all those promises until you reach your Destiney.
It also rhymes quite well with a traveler who is on his way to discover this world and finds places that hold him back and does not let him go. But then he has made promise to keep moving, as there are many more experiences and many more beautiful people waiting for him. He needs to share all those experiences with the entire world and so he has to move on, gather more experiences and not get stuck. No matter how inviting the proposal is or how beautiful the places are, he has to keep moving until he has gathered all those rich experiences and met all those wonderful people he has destined to meet.
It subtly summarizes life, in a way that, keep going, no matter what holds you back, if it is the beauty of the woods or the danger of the darkness, nothing should really stop you, as there are those promises, commitments to life which can’t really let you stop.