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Copy of Poetry
kristen foleyon 20 February 2013
Transcript of Copy of Poetry
Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” may appear to contain only a slight conflict, but after examining it closer, it expresses a meaningful, powerful message. Robert Frost was a child encircled with writing and literature, as his father was a journalist. This may have influenced his decision to begin writing poetry because he had great knowledge of it. Frost resided in the city during his childhood and the rural area in adulthood. His surroundings could have inspired poems because he recognized different setting, people, and lifestyles there, so he could connect with anybody. Even though he is one of the most renowned poets, he only attended Dartmouth College for two months (he later went on to finish college at St. Lawrence University). He left to aid his mother in teaching classes and working odd jobs, which he didn’t enjoy. After those distasteful occupations, he understood his true calling was poetry. I believe that Frost wrote this poem to give people a perspective they’ve never seen before. The theme could relate to everyone, and that may have been a goal of his poetry because more people will buy it if they can relate. “The Road Not Taken” is undoubtedly a classic piece of literature for its influential theme. The title is extremely significant to the message because the theme expresses that there are two paths in life. The road not taken as often could possibly result in the persons’ life being enhanced.
First of all, I chose to evaluate “The Road Not Taken” solely on the fact that it was written by Robert Frost. I know Robert Frost is an author from an earlier time period and that his themes were slightly more challenging to comprehend, and I was trying to get used to comprehending harder poems for 9th grade English. Second, the poem is written in free verse with some lines rhyming, but no concrete rhyme scheme. The poetic devices used in this poem can help me understand the conflict the protagonist is facing, and imagining the scenery. Flashback is an important device because I know that the protagonist had made the decision long ago. “Somewhere ages and ages hence” is an example of flashback because it is representing that the conflict the character was having was resolved a while back and he is reflecting on how he made the choice. This example of flashback is also a case of hyperbole. I believe this because “ages and ages” is an extremely long period of time, so the man couldn’t have made the decision that long ago because he would be dead. The author also uses a cliché, or an overused phrase. “I took the road less traveled” is an example of a cliché because even though it was a nice moral to it, it is somewhat overworked and was lost a little of its true meaning. Repetition is a poetic device that makes this classic poem astonishing. In the beginning of the poem, the author says “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” to express that the character is at a standstill attempting to make a conclusion about which path to take. After he decided to take one of the paths, the end says “two roads diverged in a wood”. This is repetition because it expresses two identical parts of the poem at separate times. It is also important to the theme of the story because he is reflecting on the same conflict, and it reassuring us that it’s the same conflict. Next, the poem has a strong message that could be comprehended different ways. I interpreted the theme to be: If you take the path or the choices that may not be the most prevalent, it will result in a better ending because you made the decision that was best for yourself. I think this because the author told the audience that the man “looked down” both paths, and came to the conclusion they were almost identical, just one was more popular. He also said “I took the road less traveled by” signifying that he walked the path that not a ton of people took. My last reason is, at the conclusion of the poem, the author tells the audience “I took the road less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. This means that because he made the choice that was better for him (not anyone else) he has a tremendously decent life. All the phrases and lines in the poem all bundled together beautifully to produce an influential and moving theme. The lines all fit with the poem, made sense, and were relevant to the message. In conclusion, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” can be construed in multiple ways, but each option teaches readers a life lesson that is enormously important in understanding life and making adult decisions.
The title “The Road Not Taken” directly relates to the theme of the poem because it is about making the life decisions that not everyone adores, but they’re the ones you must make to improve your life. This poem is exceptional in my eyes because I can connect to it. Sometimes, I feel as though I’m forcing myself to do something that may not be the correct choice, just because my peers are doing it. Recently, I’ve been realizing that I need to take the path of decision to accomplish what needs to be done, especially with my school work. I have now been finding that I have additional work time on assignments, I’m more attentive in class and lessons, and my grades have significantly improved. The entire poem is beautifully written. Frost did an impeccable job using imagery and vivid words to make me imagine as if I were personally experiencing the challenging conflict. Even though it is harder to comprehend because of the word choice and classic writing, it teaches a life lesson that most children my age are utterly unaware of. I believe that this is a remarkable poem to read and analyze because it poses a challenge for the audience and the moral can basically be interpreted in a million different ways, even if it wasn’t the author’s intended message. Overall, Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” gives readers a task to understand the writing and provide them with a strong life lesson that will ultimately aid them in making imperative decisions that will make “all the difference” (Frost). I Am a Poet
She starts of fresh, petite, and bright
Not long after, she starts the fight.
Things are fine at first, life goes on
But she gradually weakens, like delicate chiffon.
She begins radiation, sleeping all night and day
Her gorgeous blond locks hide and fade away.
Still determined to win the war,
She undergoes chemotherapy with more strength than before.
That wasn't the answer, her illness remains,
Family is pounded with unthinkable pains.
She crumbles and battles until it's no use,
It's all better now no more painful abuse.
Her cancer made her life completely transform,
But now, shes the rainbow who adds light to the storm. Transformations Cancer can affect almost everyone. Odds are, virtually everyone knows a person with cancer, reads about it, or has learned about it. The emotional toll of cancer can modify an average person’s life, but the people who are diagnosed with it experience the abuse at the maximum. A novel that I recently read compelled me to write this poem. In “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, Bailey Graffman is an adolescent girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Bailey inspired me because despite her fatal disease and numbered days, she continuously has an optimistic attitude. This minor character always made the best of every conflict or situation she was involved in. When Bailey passed away in the novel (in the conclusion) I was bawling rivers. It seems as if the majority of positive and driven children are always the ones that endure the brutal conflicts. The lesson I was trying to introduce to the reader was that cancer is not a straightforward thing. Sufferers they don’t lose their hair right away, they aren’t these forlorn, brooding individuals. Cancer victims are, if anything, the most positive and energetic of us all. Those unfortunate people who have the awful illness often get stereotyped, and I want to erase that generalization. Figurative Language Simile: "she gradually weakens, like delicate chiffon" is a simile because I am comparing two unlike things using "like". I compared the girl to chiffon because chiffon is extremely light and gentle, and the girl is becoming more fragile.
Hyperbole: "sleeping all night and day" is an example of hyperbole because I am exaggerating that she sleep the whole day, but in all actuality she rests more often than an average child because the radiation exhausts her.
Personification: "her gorgeous blond locks hide and fade away" is personification because I expressed that an non-living object was preforming an action. The child's hair can't hide and then fade, but I used the words to say how her hair was falling out.
Personification: "family is pounded with unthinkable pains" is an example of personification because I'm stating that the family was hit with a rough pain. Now, the pains can't actually strike the family, but I used those words to express that they were taking her cancer extremely tough.
Metaphor: "she's the rainbow that adds light to the storm" is a metaphor because I'm comparing the tiny girl to a rainbow (without using like or as). I compared them that way because even though the girl passed away, she will forever be remembered as a positive and joyful child. "Moon Rondeau" vs. "Feelings of Night" Glistening on the waters,
The silver plate illuminates the night.
For hours it remains,
Having never vanished in that time.
Its graceful light trickles down the sky,
More striking than any bouquet of roses.
But perhaps it’s simplicity in the most primitive form,
That allows the plaque to be that dazzling.
An evening complete with whistling wind and a shining moon,
Makes discovering love appear effortless.
The glossy button floating in the atmosphere
Adds a sense of tranquility to the twilight.
When the moon beams at me from its pedestal, a million miles away
I feel content, until the cruel sun forces me to wake. Feelings of Night Personification: "light trickles" is personification because I am giving a non-living object human abilities. Light can not actually trickle, but my word choice is expressing thast the light is coming down from the moon.
Personification: "whistling wind" is another example of personfication because the wind can not whistle, but I'm telling the audience that the wind is making a whistling noise.
Cliche: "whistling wind" can also be considered a cliche because it is used time and time again in literature and it doesn't have as much meaning as it used to.
Personification: "glossy button floating" is yet another example of personification because the moon is not floating, but the word choice tells that the moon seems to be hanging there with nothing holding it up.
Alliteration: "tranquility to the twilight" is a perfect example of alliteration because the beginning "t" consonant is present at the beginning of every word.
Personification: "moon beams at me" is an example of personification because I'm giving the moon an action. The moon isn't smiling at me, but it's simply above me and adding light.
Hyperbole: "a million miles away" is a great example of a hyperbole because I'm exaggerating that the moon is way farther away than it really is.
Pathetic Fallacy: "cruel sun" is an example of pathetic fallacy because I'm granting a non-living object with a human feeling. The sun is not actually cruel, but I'm describing that it is because it wakes me up in the morning, and I don't prefer to be awake. Figurative Language The serenity of dusk is a blissful thing, and "Feelings of Night" was designed to capture that emotion. My edited version of "Moon Rondeau" (by Carl Sandburg) can be interpreted in multiple ways. The intended them for my spin-off was: the moon can bring on a boatload of peaceful emotions. Because the moon is incredibly vital and beautiful, I figured it could bring some strong feelings with those qualities. The word choice, such as "trickled", "effortless", and "simplicity", were incorporated to make readers feel at ease. But the message of the poem could be different in others' eyes. For example, the poem could express the theme of: the moon is gorgeous, and we shouldn't take it for granted. Word choice, like "striking", "dazzling", and "graceful", support this message. Although the poem can be comprehended multiple ways, I can connect with it in several ways. First, this piece of literature connects to me because I feel exceptionally serene at sundown. I feel like this because at night, there is no rush to accomplish tasks, it is simply a time to unwind. Second, I think the moon is remarkably important to society. Without the moon, the population of foreign countries would have no light to guide them at nighttime. The moon is also a fabulous exploration spot for our nation, and could give us significant revenue. Lastly, I also agree that the moon is stunning, and we persistently overlook. The delicate beauty of the moon is not only to provide us with a light source, it's a marvel that should be appreciated more often for its exquisiteness. In conclusion, "Feelings of Night" will force readers to reflect on how the moon correlates with their life, and will aid them in visualizing its magnificence. Alike "Feelings of Night" "Moon Rondeau" Describing: The poem was describing how a couple were gazing at the moon and labeling it, then claiming they "own the moon".
Characters: The two characters appeared to be dating, and they seemed madly in love.
Tone: Sandburg used older language, indicating the poem wasn't written recently.
Theme: How the moon can aid you in falling in love and how the moon conected to the couple. Describing: My poem was describing the beauty and the importance of the moon, and how it could make people fall in love.
Characters: There were no characters.
Tone: Slightly more modern.
Theme: The moon can bring on many strong emotions. Describing: Both poems described how the moon looked and how it made them feel.
Tone: Made readers feel peaceful. Nature related.
Theme: The moon can bring several emotions, strong or serene.
Word Choice: Words such as "plaque", "silver", and "waters" are used in both poems. Moon Rondeau Poem Illustrator 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 kept 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.
By: Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken" Crucial decisions are tough to make, especially if you're an indecisive person. The theme of "The Road Not Taken" expresses making the decision that will ultimately improve a life. I can tell this is the message because of what the author wrote. "I could not travel both" tells me he's torn between two paths in life because he had to chose one to take. The line that finalizes my theory of the theme ties everything together. "I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference" tells me that the protagonist took the road that was less popular, and that has made a large difference in his life. My illustration of the theme is depicting the man contemplating which path to take. The more favored, more enjoyable path is commonly chosen over the serious, challenging road because more people want to have a relaxing life instead of a tough one. He does not know which one to take and throughout the poem, he weighs the pros and cons. The popular path had "grassy and wanted wear", while the not favored one had a "better claim" because less people have traveled it,resulting in less wear. I drew what I did to show the audience that the man was incredibly confused on what path to take: the popular choice or the better choice. My illustration connected to the poem because of the theme. The theme expressed making difficult decisions to enhance the person's life and the paths shown were the options he had. In conclusion, take the wiser path in life, even if it's not the one everyone else is taking because odds are you'll be more successful. "The Road Not Taken" is like choosing a college because there are a few options. You can either pick the fun, party college in which academics are less important or you can take the serious college that will get you ahead in a career. This correlates to the theme of "The Road Not Taken" because is states that the more serious decision will enhance the person's life. Taking the popular choice will pay off in the present but the future will not be as clear.