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The Road Not Taken
Transcript of The Road Not Taken
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 Road Not Taken Robert Frost's poem featured a lot of well thought out metaphors and symbolism, making it even more colorful and entertaining. In this passage, the narrator, Robert Frosts, describes himself as a traveler that comes across two paths. though he wishes to take both, he can't, being only one person. he thoroughly contemplated both sides, noting how one was welcoming, and not normally traveled, hence the title. In the third stanza, he states how he doubted if he should ever come back, symbolizing how he wasn't sure if whether or not he'd be able to return to the starting place in time, knowing how his choice could lead to for worse or better. lastly, the author states how he should be telling this with a sigh, possibly symbolizing regret for the path he chose, though he chose a path other didn't chose, which as it is stated in the poem, made all the difference. Symbolism and Metaphors The "Road not taken," is an advanced and well thought out piece of writing that features many examples of unique vocabulary. This type of vocabulary really gives off vivid imagery to whoever reads it. One of the first examples of poetic vocabulary is in the first stanza, which is diverged, describing how one path strays from the other, representing the path less traveled. Another example one could find is in the second stanza,"wear" means to deteriorate, meaning the "path" was full and rarely traveled. This poem truly does utilize unique and interesting vocabulary which definitely sets a tone for the reader to enjoy, and even experience by creating a high level of imagery which I enjoyed myself. Vocabulary Setting This poem utalizes both figurative and literal language to create two, similar yet different meanings for each phrase. Figurative and Literal Two roads divereged in a yellow wood Figurative Literal Two paths in life, Two trails found in a
decisions or choices forest. Had worn them them really about the same Taking that path Steps in the path all
resulted in similar paths look alike. Figurative Literal This poem most likely took place during the fall in a "wood" or forest, judging by how it states "A yellow wood" in the first stanza, which could also mean a forest with many shades of yellow. That type of forest is only found during the fall. The word choice featured in the poem,"The Road Not Taken," creates vaguely upbeat and wistful mood. At the same time, creating an apologetic and nostalgic tone. Throughout the poem, the author stated words and phrases such as "sorry" and "telling this with a sigh," which could come off as slightly upset to the reader. When frost says," telling this with a sigh," it could mean many things, which also comes off as both nostalgic and sad. Another example of such word choice would be in the third stanza where he says," Oh, I marked the f irst for another day!" which is also a piece of word choice that adds to the upbeat mood overall. While writing this poem, its easy to see that Robert Frost did put a lot of thought into each sentence, which really made it easy to distinguish the overall mood. Tone and Mood Rhyme Scheme In this poem, Robert Frost uses a lyrical, ABAAB Rhyme Scheme. He most likely used this type of rhyme scheme to give the poem a slightly upbeat mood. Another reason could be he chose such a rhyming scheme to accentuate the phrases, such as how most A phrases are related with each other, same for the B phrases.