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Poem Comparison

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by Christine Honda and Dylan Murphey A Decision to Make. "The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost is about making difficult decisions. In the poem, Robert Frost has to make the decision of which road to take. "Two roads diverged in a yellow road, and sorry I could not take both." Frost talks about picking which road to follow. "Long I stood and looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth." Mr. Frost wants to see down each one as far as he could before making his final choice. In the end of the poem, he reflects on his decisions that brought him to his current point. "I took the one less traveled by, and it made all the difference." The Road Less Traveled "The Road Less Traveled" tone is reflective. "And that made all the difference." Robert Frost is reflecting on when he made his choice. Meanwhile, "The Open Road" has more of a confidence and freedom tone. "Strong and content, I travel the open road." Walt Whitman is self-confident that he travels the open road freely. In "The Open Road" Walt Whitman talks about his decision to take the open road. He seems to have a bad past. He wants to be free and have a somewhat clean start. "The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose." Whitman chooses the path that he wants, he goes wherever he chooses. "Strong and content, I travel the open road." He talks with confidence in what he is doing, and doesn't plan on looking back. "Henceforth, I don't need good fortune for I am good fortune." In both "The Road Less Traveled" and "The Open Road" "road" has a different meaning. In "The Road Less Traveled," the "road" symbolizes the choices you have to make throughout your life. In "The Open Road" the word road means your path in life, the one that you choose for yourself.

The age of the speaker seems different in each poem. In "The Road Less Traveled" it seems that it starts when he is a young adult and ends when he is older and looking back at his choice. In "The Open Road" it seems that he is an adult ready to walk the path wherever he chooses to go. " Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell it's possibility." Oprah Winfrey. "The Road Less Traveled" and
"The Open Road" are poems about
freedom and choices. Walt Whitman and Robert Frost both use the word road to symbolize their lives. In Oprah Winfrey's quote she talks about choosing your path is sacred, you should use it wisely. You are in charge of the decision that you make. Don't blame it on anyone else. In these two poems one word describes something totally different. But in some ways, these poems are alike. The Open Road vs.

We enjoy the idea of a simple choice changing your life forever. The symbolism for the road is very understandable and the poem focuses on the main points. We had no trouble paraphrasing this poem, whereas "The Open Road" we had trouble finding the main points. Both "The Road Less Traveled" and
"The Open Road" are amazing poems, but we
both prefer "The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost because we like the tone of reflecting back. We also like the word choice such as "trodden black." These words make you think more in depth.
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