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Anjali Gupta

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of TPCASST

"The Road Not Taken"
By Robert Frost By: Anjali Gupta
and Brianna Nguyen T-Title P-Paraphrase C-Connotation S-Shift T-Title A-Attitude T-Theme We face many choices in life
We regret making the wrong choices
The author might have taken the path that no one took before and was happy with his decision
Feelings of regret over our own past mistakes Regret
Robert Frost's attitude towards life
Even after thinking it through, people often choose the wrong path
People regret the mistakes they make
Forgive themselves and try to fix their mistakes This poem by Robert Frost continuously shifts between feelings of regret, confusion, sorrow and happiness
Felt sorrow because he could not walk both paths
Felt confused about which path to take
Felt regretful for choosing the "popular" path
Felt happy at the end when realizing he made the right choices The path that most people take is not always the best road to take
The harder path will have a bigger reward at the end
Don't be a crowd follower
Don't dwell on past mistakes Robert Frost went down the path that most people had already taken, but he realized that the other road was more rewarding
He felt regretful for not taking the unpopular road
He fixed his mistake by walking the other path The poem is about a traveler who comes across a fork in the road. He is confused about which path he should take and wishes he could take both. He ends up taking the path that everyone seems to have gone down. He regrets this decision and feels like he will regret it forever. However, he turns round and walks down the other path and feels happier than ever. "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” symbolizes two ways in life. The first road he describes is not commonly traveled on, meaning it is more difficult and challenging. The other road he describes is the way most people take, and it is simple and undemanding.

“Somewhere Ages and Ages hence” is a hyperbole that Robert Frost uses. Most people do not realize their mistakes until they reflect on it much later and must live with the mistakes they make. Regrets are often too late to make changes and can cause people to become more cautious about making choices in the future. Connotation (Cont.) “Because it was grassy and wanted wear” is an example of Robert Frost’s use of foreshadowing in the poem. Through this line in the poem, the reader can conclude that Robert did not walk the common path that had been chosen by many people, even if it seemed like the easier road to take. 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. Thank You
For Listening
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