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"The Road Not Taken"

AP Poetry project by Olivia and "Bubbles"

Bubbles Chrysanthemum

on 27 February 2013

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Transcript of "The Road Not Taken"

"The Road Not Taken" By Robert Frost Visual Imagery Diction Form Rhythm Irony Tone The whole poem is an extended metaphor for decision making. This poem is in closed form, with 20 lines and four five-line stanzas. Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear

The above lines of "The Road Not Taken" are examples of iambic pentameter. There is a bit of dramatic irony when the speaker says, "I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence," because it is apparent to the reader that the speaker is now reminiscing and telling it "with a sigh". This shows his regret. The speaker's attitude seems fairly reminiscent,
and maybe a little bit regretful regarding the decision that he or she has made. No matter what choice one may make, even a
good choice, one will still look back and wonder
what would have happened with a different decision. The poem discusses the narrator reflecting
on his decision to take the less traveled road
of life after much debate and questioning. The exclamation point in line 13 is interesting because there aren't any other exclamation points in the whole poem.

The word choices "diverged", "less traveled", "wanted wear", and
"trodden black" all show tendency toward one path over the other. Presentation by Olivia Minnier and Abby Chennells 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. Analysis Reading a Poem Paraphrase Theme Subject The subject of this poem is 'reflecting on decisions'. This is evidenced by the first line, "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" and is supported throughout the poem as the speaker makes the decision to take the "one less traveled by". Lyric The poem as a whole could be considered a lyric poem, since it is in first person and expresses feeling about the topic. Voice Persona The author has adopted the voice of a traveler going through a wood, who is forced to make a decision when he or she comes to a fork in the path. Point of View The point of view is first person, leaving room for unreliability of the narrator. Words Levels of Usage The type of language used is General English.

Frost uses semiformal word choice based on the vocabulary and use of punctuation. Allusion There are no allusions in this poem. I
y Paths Yellow Wood Traveler Auditory Imagery It is easy to hear the sound of the "sigh" in line 16. sigh Figures of Speech Metaphor Simile There are no similes in this poem. Personification The line "because it was grassy and wanted wear" is personification because it implies that the path desires something. Metonymy The woods are used to represent the world in this poem. Synecdoche The obstacle of decision making that everyone has to face is represented by one person's struggles. Paradox There are no paradoxical statements in this poem. Overstatement The sentence "Somewhere ages and ages hence" is an overstatement because no person lives for ages and ages. Understatement There are no understatements in this poem. Sound Onomatopoeia There is no onomatopoeia in this poem. Alliteration The phrase "wanted wear" in line 8 is an example of alliteration. Rhyme The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABAAB CDCCD EFEEF GHGGH.

All the rhyme is masculine except for "difference" in line 20.

Examples of cliche rhyme include "fair/wear", "claim/same", and "sigh/by". Rhythm Form Thanks for watching and paying attention!! Everyone who is awake may now come get a piece of candy. :) Willy Walrus wanted Wiggle Worm's
walnut wafer... I really desire a lollipop right now. Just stay awake until the presentation is over!
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