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A Paraphrase/ Analysis/Explicate of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

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Transcript of A Paraphrase/ Analysis/Explicate of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

Analysis of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken
By: Naakesh Gomanie Honors American Literature II Mrs. Bucchin

A little about Robert Frost
Born 1874, Died 1963
One of the most recognized poets in history
Four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize
Lived in primarily New England
Married to Elinor White in 1895
Supported his family through farming and teaching
Farming had an huge impact on the setting, mood, and messages of his poetry
He could not get his poems to sell in the United States
Moved to England in 1912 then back to the United Stated in 1915 to avoid WWI
He hit success in the United States after the publishing of "North of Boston"
"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 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.
The Iceberg Principle:

Poetry Analysis
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;
Frost reveals the setting and tone of this poem
In this stanza the traveler is apologetic toward the choice he made in the yellow wood.
The traveler had a choice: which road would he take? He seemed almost reluctant to choose either of them. Why? He didn't know what either road was like further down.
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,
The traveler is simply examining the two roads, he has not yet traveled.
He sees that they both seem fair (beautiful) and look to be equals.
He knows many have gone on both roads and it was his turn.
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.
He is telling this poem in the perspective that it already happened.
The traveler concludes the poem with the idea that because he took this path he has been changed.
Stanza 1
The Road Not Taken is a poem about life and all the choices you make. Frost's masterpiece is the quintessence of the iceberg principle and has so much meaning behind it.
Stanza 2
Stanza 3
He knows that both roads have an equal reputation and knows that either road will be a good choice
He realized that upon choosing a road he would never be able to choose the other one
In life everyone gets chances and options but, people don't always get the opportunity to change their decision. Also people can't tell their future and how everything will turn out.
People can only anticipate so far into the future this is reason that the traveler takes must ponder on what path to take in life
Life can give a person these choices at any time, and the traveler knew that either path would lead him to a different life. He would never be the same person after making life choices.
The road was not less traveled by! It was simply the choice that makes the person. The difference could be anything. (facing your fears) The traveler could be anyone, but he was telling you a story that changed his personality.
Poem
The Road Not Taken by: Robert Frost
Form/
Rhyme Scheme
Four Stanzas Five lines , ABAAB CDCCD EFEEF GHGGH
Figurative
Language
Imagery: "Yellow Wood
Hyperbole: "Ages and Ages"
Characters
The "Traveler"
Theme
Life gives you amazing chances and opportunities, these paths you make you who you are in the long run.
Stanza 4
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