The Road Not Taken Essay

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“The Road Not Taken”, written by Robert Frost, is an intriguing poem in which the speaker finds himself caught in a fork in the road upon needing to choose between two roads. When comparing the two paths, the speaker decides on taking the road that is less traveled by and subsequently voices why he chose that road and the outcome. Robert Frost is an American poet and author. He was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, and is well known for writing poems, “The Road Not Taken” being his most famous. He began writing poetry in high school, and though never earning a formal college degree, he attended both Dartmouth College in Hanover and Harvard University in Boston. He credits his wife, Elinor Miriam for being his major inspiration for his…show more content…
The title, “The Road Not Taken” relates to the poem in that it refers to the road that the speaker wanted to take, however, decided not to, and then possibly regretted it. By naming the poem after the road he did not take instead of after the one he did, it is indicated that he regrets
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The speaker opens the poem by saying there are two roads, being two different choices in life, “diverged in a yellow wood”. In the poem, the speaker uses both visual and auditory imagery to describe the setting and the scenery of the poem and to assist the reader in visualizing and developing a mental picture of the poem’s setting. The speaker uses the roads as an extended metaphor for two potential choices you make in life. The use of the color yellow is a sign from the speaker that he is unsure and that he should be cautious about which path choice he takes and not jump into one without certainty. Similarly, when a yellow light is flashing at a stop light, it is a sign of the driver to be careful and to
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He conveys his uncertainty of which path he should take, and compares the two roads in order to convince himself which one he should take. Up until this point, his tone is neither optimistic nor pessimistic and does not imply whether his choice was a good one or a bad one. However, reading the last stanza, you understand that the speaker’s tone has changed to a more satisfied one. He is pleased with the road he took, as it has “made all the difference.” From a different perspective, upon reading the fourth stanza, you can understand that the speaker has changed to a morose, and possibly regretful tone, and in the first line, the speaker states that he “shall be telling this with a sigh.” This shows that the speaker is convinced he regrets his choice. At the start of the poem when the speaker mentions “yellow wood”, the color yellow sets you into a warm, kind mood. Then, throughout the first two stanzas the speaker is trying to pick which road to take. This makes the readers want to know which path he is taking and why. This puts the readers in a mood of anticipatory, or in the mood to find out more and to find out what will happen
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