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The Road Not Taken Poetry Assignment

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James O'Brien

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Who has had to make a difficult decision or will have to make a difficult decision in the near future? 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 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. Poetry Analysis A Presentation By James O'Brien Robert Lee Frost (1874 -1963) is a highly regarded American Poet and playwright . He has written over 135 poems. Much of what he wrote was about his experiences and stories, many of his poems toke place at his rural home in New England. Robert won four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry. He was also the Poet Laureate from 1958-1959 and served as the United States official poet. He was the consultant in poetry to the library of Congress. 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 First Stanza Second Stanza Third Stanza Fourth Stanza In the first stanza, the speaker describes his position. He has been out walking the woods when he comes across a fork in the road.The speaker regrets he cannot see both paths and where they will take him. His current path splits in two and he stands looking as far down each one as he can see until it curves out of sight. He stands there pondering his decision, knowing the immediate consequences of his decision but not the long-term effects. In the second stanza the speaker is analyzing both roads, he describes one road being grassy and wanting wear and perhaps having the better claim. But then he goes on to say both paths had been worn about the same. In the third stanza the speaker recognizes that both roads have not been walked on . He choose a road and planed to come back again to go on the other road but knowing in his heart he won't be back because he realizes in life one thing leads to another and time is short In the fourth stanza the speaker announces I shall be telling this with a sigh; a sigh of relief, regret, contentment, which is it? Then the speaker goes on to saying sometime in the future he is reflecting on the choice he made. In the future he believes he has taken the one road less traveled by and that has made all the difference. But is that "difference" good or bad? Has the road less traveled led him down a bad path or has it led him toward a favorable path. This poem is "tricky" because of its ambiguity especially around the words "sigh" and "difference". There are different ways of interpreting this poem. When Robert Frost was asked about the The Road Not Taken's meaning he warned
"You have to be careful of that one; it's a tricky poem – very tricky." Interpretation Common Interpretation Many people who read this poem for a first time will believe that the speaker is glad he took taking the road less traveled. Taking the road less traveled has helped made him who he is, a unique individual who does not follow the crowd. So this interpretation is about non-conformity and being original. Interpreting the "sigh" as a sigh of relief and the "difference" as a positive change in their life. Pessimistic Interpretation However you may interpret this completely opposite, you may interpret this as the speaker is unhappy with the decision he has made in taking the road less traveled. The interpretation is that the "sigh" is a sigh or regret and the "difference" is a negative difference in the speakers life. So it says don't blaze new trails, follow the traditions set down from your predecessors. My Interpretation My interpretation is different, I believe that the statement "had worn the (roads) really about the same." is significant unlike the prior two interpretations. The speaker initially says that the roads were equally traveled but then somewhere in the future he says that he has taken the road less traveled by. Why is there this very clear difference? I believe that as the speaker is now older he has coloured the facts and is painting a new picture about this choice he made years ago.

This narrator has worried for three stanzas about which road to take when in reality their wasn't much difference between them. So he tries to justify his decision later saying it was the road less travelled, molding his decision to be appear more appealing and attractive than it actually was. Metaphor - the whole poem is a metaphor for life's choices.

Personificaton - "because it was grassy and wanted wear"

Imagery - "yellow road", "Because it was grassy and wanted wear", "In leaves no step had trodden black."

Enjambment - Yet knowing how way leads on to way / I doubted if I should ever come back.

End Line Rhyme - ...wood, ...stood, ...could, ||| ...both, ...undergrowth

Onomonopia - I shall be telling this with a 'sigh'

Alliteration - "wanted wear"

Repetition - "somewhere ages and ages hence." Poetic Devices Rhyme Patterns 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; A.
B.
A.
A.
B. The rhyme scheme of the poem is as follows:
abaab, cdccd, efeef, ghggh. Theme The theme of this poem is life's choices and how we can only make one choice and cant go back to see what would have happened if you had made a different choice. Thank You For Listening To My Presentation
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