Analysis Of The Poem ' The Road Not Taken '

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To flip a gold coin is not always the route to go when faced with important decisions in life. In time, the choice will have to be made, and the outcome can sometimes be life-changing. When making a conscientious decision, one commits oneself to follow the right path. This fate presents itself in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” poem, and is present in the poetic piece of Blanche Farley’s “The Lover Not Taken.” A large percentage of the stanzas in each poem harmonize each other, and they both use similar words. For example, in the first stanza of each poem "and be one traveler, long I stood" (Frost), and "and mulling it over, long she stood." (Blanche). Both lines are two peas in a pod, and they are a five stanza poem that identically rhyme. Although both poems share many similar aspects, the subject, irony, and hyperbole usage sets the adventurous action and familiar atmosphere for these two poems. The subject of fate and making the right choice are written all over these two corresponding poems. Frost’s subject centers on the approach of deciding a predetermined course in one’s life. The narrator’s path splits into two different directions, and a decision has to be made on which way to go. Even though a wooded path exists, the path symbolizes an important life-changing decision in the speaker’s life. Although he has a difficult time deciding in the second stanza, at one point, the narrator assumes one way is better than the other in stanzas three and four.

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