When I read this poem in college, I thought he stopped there in the woods because he was contemplating suicide (lovely, dark woods), but realized he couldn't because he had obligations to loved ones before he could "sleep" (die). Teacher said no.
draythomp - August 26, 2013, 2:56 pm,
Your teacher was simply wrong; this poem is about the temptation of death in opposition to the journey of life. Well titled poster.
chickenlittle - August 26, 2013, 9:10 pm,
Thanks for the feedback draythomp, even though he dismissed my interpretation I always wondered. Apparently I was the only one in the class who read it the way I did so I kind of took his word that I was wrong. Maybe I should trust my intuition more :)