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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Transcript of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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 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."
About the Author
Subject and Form of Poetry
Literary Devices:
Quintain 4
Sound Devices
The sound device we can see in this poem is the end rhyme. The pattern is ABAAB-CDCCD-EFEEF-GHGGH.

There is alliteration in the 3rd quintain; "wanted wear." The 'wa' sound.

An example of consonance is "
Th
ough as for
th
at
th
e passing
th
ere" to have rhythm.

An example of assonance is "Tw
o
r
o
ads diverged in a w
oo
d" also for rhythm.
A Poem by Robert Frost.
Analyzed by Stephanie Lindner and Samantha Groninger.

Theme
Robert Frost is using the metaphor of two roads to explain the choices we make in life. He reveals that one choice leads to another. He also points out that you can never go back and change your choices. Frost also uses the paths to describe how sometimes the popular path isn't always the right one.
This subject of the poem is literally about two paths in the forest. Frost has to choose which path to take and reveals his feelings about this choice to the reader. The Road Not Taken is a lyric poem because Frost tells the reader about his emotions when facing a difficult choice.
Tone
Connection to Life Today
This always will connect to life no matter what time period it was or will be. Every person has to make hard decisions, at one point or another, in their life.
Literary Devices:
Quintain 3
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;
Quintain 1
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And 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,
Quintain 2
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.
Quintain 3
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.
Quintain 4
Literary Devices:
Quintain 2
Literary Devices:
Quintain 1
Overall Literary Device
-Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874

-Died on January 29, 1963.

-Married Elinor White in 1895

-He was described as very old-fashioned even though he was just as up-to-date as everyone else

-He often wondered about the meaning of the existence of his work.

-Frost wrote in rhymes because he did not like free verse poetry saying it was "Like playing tennis with the net down."
Frost's tone can be interpreted in different ways.
One way to interpret his tone is happy or relieved because he chose the "right" path for him.
Another way to interpret his tone regretful of his choice because he can never go back and explore that other option.
Thank You!
References
http://www.biography.com/people/robert-frost-20796091
http://www.productivepathways.org/
http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=3666086
http://thematbickley.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/charlie-brown-sigh.jpg
http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/regret.jpg
http://www.biography.com/people/robert-frost-20796091#public-recognition-for-poetry
100 Essential Modern Poems
Selected and Introduced by: Joseph Parisi
Repetition
"Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Imagery
"In leaves no step had trodden black."
Imagery
"Because it was grassy and wanted wear;"
Imagery
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,"
Repetition
"
And
sorry I could not travel both
And
be one traveler, long I stood"
Metaphor
The Road
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