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The Road Not Taken Analysis

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Asya Madden

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of The Road Not Taken Analysis

"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;

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. P
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T The main idea of this poem is that the speaker is having to make a difficult decision in life. Whether it is taken in a literal sense (choosing between two different roads) or a deeper sense (choosing between real life situation), is unknown. However, It is obvious that a choice has to be made in order to move forward in life or for the time being. Eventually, a choice was made based on the appearance and what it seemed to promise. Soon enough the speaker finds out that the "roads" merge. The paths cross each other and although they are different, they are still the same. It appeared that the speaker was the only one to pass through and he promises that they will return to this situation in memory to tell the story of the choice they were forced to make. They will express regret in how the choice was set up and how they chose the road that did not continue which made a huge difference. Mechanics of the Poem Figurative Meaning Four stanzas; five lines each
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Iambic Tetrameter The poem that Robert Frost wrote can apply to a person's life. It displays the fact that a person has to choice between two objects. Also, it exemplifies how once a choice is made, it is impossible to redo it. Response to Main Idea We feel as though the main idea of the poem is extremely relevant. People make choices everyday that affect them in drastic ways either at the moment or in the future. Choices make life go around. Choices create change and change is essential to living a somewhat normal life. Frost's idea of making a choice, regretting it, but still having the guts to tell people is commendable. It creates a sense of real life and in real life people mess up all of the time and make the wrong choices, but it is what you do with the choices you've made/been given that make you who you are. S
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Y In the first stanza, the poet has to make a decision. In the second stanza, the choice is made. In the third stanza, the poet worries that he will never get the chance to tak the other choice. In the last stanza, the poet is happywith his decision; he is grateful for taking this path. FIGURATIVE
DEVICES Metaphor Simile Imagery Personification These techniques communicate with the main idea of the poem because the poem is an extended metaphor about making a choice. The imagery in first line of the first stanza let's the readers know the speaker is in front of two roads and he must choose one of the roads that lead to the yellow wood. In addition, the simile presented in the poem shows how the speaker carefully reviewed the choices that were in front of him. Lastly, the personification takes place. The speaker describes the road he took by saying "because it was grassy and wanted wear". Diction Of The Peom In the peom "The Road Not Taken" the speaker uses diction to show that the people's choice will impact their lives. Frost uses some words and phrases to help back up the theme of the poem, for example:
"Sorry"- " and sorry i could not travel both ." -This Phrase showed that the speaker had some regrets before he even made the choice of witch road he had took.
"Sigh"- " I shall be telling this with a sigh ." -This expression of regret, sadness, or relief ment that he will eveintually look back at his decision he made long times ago.
"Different"- " And that has made all the difference."-Meaning that his dessision changed his life and it impacted his life as well.
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