The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost And Death, Be Not Proud

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Ashlyn Brown Angela Ivey AP Literature and Composition 22 April 2015 Poetic Analysis “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Death, be not proud” by John Donne are two poems with different meanings but share one of many of the same themes. Although the poems share different meanings as a whole, the reader can conclude the same common theme from both of these poems. Even though the reader may think the poems lack a same common theme, the theme is revealed by the end of both these poems. These two poems share the same theme of hopes and dreams. As the reader explores the same common theme of these two poems, the literary devices of personification, imagery, alliteration, metaphor, and irony can be seen throughout these poems as well. Robert Frosts’ “The Road Not Taken” was written in 1916 and is one of his most famous poems. He uses a rhyme scheme of A, B, A, A, B in every stanza. In this poem, the speaker has come to “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood (line1)” and is not sure of which road to take. He would like to take both roads although he cannot. Regret seems to creep in when he states “and sorry I could not travel both (line2). He looks down both roads and chooses one over the other “Because it was grassy and wanted wear (line8)”. Frost uses alliteration with the repetition of the “W” in line 8. “So he was choosing between two roads, or futures, that were different but potentially equally good (Shmoop).” In reality both these roads are pretty much the same. The

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