The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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“The Road Not Taken” was written by Robert Frost in 1916, and it was the first poem in the collection Mountain Interval (Shmoop). Even though it was written many years ago, people of all ages still study this enticing poem. Frost wrote about coming to a fork in the woods and examining which path he should take and whether he might ever come back; the speaker believes each path is fine to take, but he takes the less used path (line 6). He wrote about this decision in clear, standard English. “The Road Not Taken” is considered an allegory because of the hidden meaning about the speaker’s decision (Shmoop). There were many choices made throughout the poem based on coming to the fork, which resulted in an extended metaphor (Shmoop). Frost…show more content…
He wrote “Somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I, took the one less traveled by, and that has made all of the difference” (17-20). This was not about walking in the woods but a life decision he would revisit for years. Along with the literary elements, Frost used many elements of critical thinking. There are many excellent implications. One implication is that people will be more careful with the decisions they make. Another implication is they will consider the long-term effects of their decisions. Another implication is that the speaker is very conflicted. One implication is that the speaker took that life decision seriously too. Also, another implication is that the setting is in fall because of the “Yellow wood” in line one. According to line 15, the reader can imply that the speaker will never return to that point. In addition, He implies that it is necessary to stop and think, just as he does, weighing the good and the bad before making a decision. Next, according to line eleven, it is morning time; an implication is that the narrator could have been the first to come to the fork. Along with implications, Frost used assumptions point of view, pathos, and Kairos to entertain. The reader can infer that the speaker wishes he had someone to help him decide which path to choose since he is conflicted. Frost assumed that the reader knew

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