Poetry Essay, the Road Not Taken

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The Road Not Taken: Poetry Essay

COURSE AND TITLE: ENGL 102: Literature and Composition





Thesis statement: The symbolic setting, title, content and metrical devices support the poem’s (The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost) overall meaning.


Title “Poetry Essay”

I. Introduction

A. The influence of decision making process in human life.

B. The problem faced by the speaker in the poem.

II. Body

A. Theme

B. Symbolic setting

C. Significance of the title

D. Rhyme scheme and metrical devices

III. Conclusion

A. The lyrical elements of the poem

B. All the
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For instance, the two roads which are diverging into the woods are symbolic of choices in life. The term ‘yellow woods’, is symbolic of autumn season and nature’s readiness to accept a new season. The speaker’s initial indecisiveness is symbolic of human nature, not to take apt decision at critical situations. Both the roads are similar and this is symbolic of the difficulty faced by human beings in life. The grass, morning, etc are symbolic of early stages in human life, in which decision making is so important. Besides, the morning is symbolic of new beginning in life or the chance to take an apt decision in life. So, the setting is symbolic because it represents human life and the importance of free will in life.

Significance of the title:

‘The Road Not Taken’, the title of the poem can be interpreted in different ways. For instance, the title can be referred to the first or the second road in the poem. To be specific, the road in the poem can be the road which is used by the other travelers. On the other side, the road in the poem can be the road which the speaker chooses. In the poem, the speaker’s decision is to choose the road that was not taken (chosen) by the other travelers. At the same time, when the speaker chooses the second road, the first road can be termed as the road not taken. Besides, both the roads are similar and the speaker chose the
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