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The Road Not Taken

The meaning of the famous poem by Robert Frost

Spencer Thornhill

on 17 September 2012

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Transcript of The Road Not Taken

The Meaning of the famous poem by Robert Frost The Road Not Taken 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. The metaphors in this poem can be difficult to comprehend, but if you get to know the poem more it is easier to understand. Such as when he was looking at the two paths. Read the second stanza. He was taking the path that nobody took. Symbolism/Metaphor There are specific words in the poem that Robert Frost uses to convey his messages. Words like "trodden" and "diverged" really show what is going on in the story. It shows the image of walking to a seperation in the path and choosing the one less traveled. Vocabulary as Imagery The poem has a literal and figurative meaning to it. The literal meaning is that Robert Frost was walking along the path and came to a seperation. He took the one that isn't takin as much. The figurative meaning is that he had a decision to do the thing everyone else was doing, but decided to do the other thing. Literal/Figurative Meaning The setting of the poem is in a forest with two seperate paths in the way. Setting Robert Frost sounds like he is happy with his decision and would never go back. Tone The mood of this poem is that you feel happy about being different from the rest. Mood Robert Frost uses a ABAAB type scheme for this poem. Rhyme Scheme
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