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Annotation

Annotation for English 001
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Gerardo Torres Flores

on 14 February 2011

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Transcript of Annotation

The Poem:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Annotation: Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken Line by Line And sorry I could not travel both Metaphor for Crossroads in ones life, or a hard decision. Then took the other, as just as fair Both roads were the similar, but a choice had to be made Because it was grassy and wanted wear,...
Had worn them really about the same, Both roads were the same but …one looked grassier (better decision), thus less people perhaps. Risks sometimes are good to take, and the future is uncertain (any decision taken would be the same or as uncertain) And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Indication that both decisions and paths are hard to accept, or as uncertain. I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by
Here we can see that Frost will look back in his decision and say that he took the road less traveled, meaning that he wants to be an individual. He will look back and say that he is the way he is because of that decision he made many ages ago. WHAT? I guess according to Frost we are not a product of our decision but rather chance, and what unfolds out of uncertainty and the series of events after such decisions Plot TWIST Frost never took the road less travelled, he only said he did. This poem talks about wanting to be an individual. In the poem the poet is faced with a decision on which road to take. He decides to take one hoping he would return to take the other one. He never returned but claimed that he took the less travelled road, which made his choice a good and special one. The poem itself is almost Frost telling a lie, in which he chooses a path and in the future says that the way he is due to the path he chose, even though they were both the same (both uncertain). He is uncertain and claims that he “stuck to his gut instinct,” when really he just went one way arbitrarily. Thank You!
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