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The most controversial, debated about them of the poem, is no doubt that of death. The denial of this dark undertone by Frost himself has not stopped readers from delving into the more sinister side of the poem, who firmly believe that the poem describes the desire of the narrator to give in to death.Despite the seemingly innocent nature of the poem several scholars have theorized that the narrator is actually contemplating suicide and meditating on the nature of death. Such an interpretation finds support in several instances of the text, particularly in the last stanza, where for example, the narrator seems hypnotized by the enchanting forest, calling the woods “lovely, dark and deep”. The woods themselves may be a metaphor for death, the narrator being unsure and fearful of what awaits him after death, yet at the same time feeling a sense of peace at the thought of dying. Throughout the poem, the narrator longs for the quiet calm that perhaps only death can offer, using soft, lulling words like “easy” and “downy” to describe the sounds of the restful wood beyond the lake.However in the next line, the contrasting conjunction “but” indicates his affair with the snowy night is only temporary. No matter how enticing it may be to give up and surrender to the tranquility of death, the narrator realizes he has “promises to keep” and “miles to go” before he can metaphorically slumber. The repetition of “and miles” in the final two lines hints at the distance he still has to travel before he can meet death. Such an ending suggests our narrator has had an epiphany of sorts: though life can be disappointing, our narrator realizes the escapism embodied by suicide is ultimately irresponsible.Thus, the poem perhaps explores the idea that death is a gift and not a curse, but it is one that must be earned. Despite the poet’s desire to give in to the comforting arms of death, possibly after enduring immense suffering at the hands of life, he ultimately realizes that it is not his time yet to go, and that he must endure, at least for the sake of the promises he has made not only to himself, but to the people he loves.