The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Essay

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Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken" is a narrative poem on making decisions. A narrative poem is one that tells a story. It follows a similar structure as that for a short story or novel. There is a beginning, middle and an end, as well as the usual literary devices such as character and plot. A narrative poem can take the form of rhyming couplets, or it can go more in the direction of prose poetry, in that the rhyme scheme is flexible. There are many variations on the theme of the narrative poem. (Pg414 Literature an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing Compact Interactive Edition) In Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”, Frost creates a negative tone which reflects the difficult choices humans make in life. The techniques used in the poem by Frost are symbolism and tone. Tone in literature often conveys an attitude toward the person addressed. Tone isn 't an attitude in a poem it makes an attitude clear to us. Tone is a choice of certain words instead of others, the picking out of certain details. (Pg 423 Literature an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing Compact Interactive Edition) In order to understand the poem " The Road Nit Taken", we must first understand some literary terms such as

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