Meaning in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken Essay

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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler” (Page 756 Stanza 1). This is the beginning of an iambic tetrameter by Robert Frost in which he expresses the thoughts of the speaker as they come to a fork in the road. The speaker faces a dilemma of deciding which path to take. Frost uses a closed form with a rhyme scheme of “ABAAB.” The speaker reaching the fork in the road is symbolism for a particular decision that he must make in life. The first stanza is setting up the situation in which the speaker must observe both choices and make a decision and stick with it. This poem allows the reader to use their imagination and is also relatable in everyone’s everyday lives. In “The Road Not Taken,”…show more content…
Frost makes good use in the setting and imagery to use symbolization. The poem takes place in the woods and leaves are also used in the description of the symbolism. Frost describes both paths as lying equally and there were no footprints in either path. This suggests the similarities that both paths present at first look. This makes it even harder for the speaker to make his decision. In the second stanza the speaker has made his decision and embraces it. He speaks of his taken path as being “grassy and wanted wear,” (page 756 Stanza 2) which is good use of imagery. The speaker is almost trying to make himself feel good about the decision he has made. He then speaks of how they are about the same. In the third stanza Frost describes them as appearing to be the same. He says that he would travel the other path some other day. However, He then says that the path that he is currently taking will lead to other things and implies that he will just keep going. Therefore, he doubts that he will ever be able to experience the other path (decision). The reader can easily relate to such metaphors that Frost creates. It is apparent that the speaker has come to the decision between two different life paths. When presented with these “life paths,” they are always unknown at first and appear to be the same. They must be traveled down before one can really understand how that “life path” really is. Frost creates this dilemma very artistically and leaves the reader to look
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