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The Road Not Taken

An analysis of the poem "The Road Not Taken" written by Robert Frost
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shaun Brown

on 17 September 2012

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Transcript of The Road Not Taken

By: Robert Frost 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; 5

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, 10

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. 15

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. 20 http://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html Symbolism Metaphor The Road Not Taken “Make the decision, make it with confidence, and the world will be yours.”

~ Jaren L. Davis “If you were given only one choice: To choose or not to choose, which would you choose?”

~Unkown Vocabulary Imagery 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. Setting- Two paths in a yellow autumn
wood covered in leaves. The roads are lonesome and just as equal.

Tone- The tone is showing no care for what others think. One of the many tone words is difference, meaning the character took the road that others didn't because it was different and that one choice changed his life forever.

Mood- The reader feels power and strength. That no one controls the character's choices, not even society's judging ways. The rhyme scheme is A, B, A, A, B. The poet did this to keep the reader paying attention and understanding the meaning of the text. With this scheme it gives a particular effect on the reader; going from feeling to the next. Which path will YOU take? The meaning of this poem is the author had to make the decision of choosing between the path he thought was right or the path every one else chose. In this case he chose the path he wanted to take and it changed his whole life and made him out to be who he is today. He represented his huge decision to two paths in a wood so it was more visual for the reader to interpret the situation. Literal and Figurative Meaning “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
~Theodore Roosevelt
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