The Road Not Taken

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Clara Kirkpatrick Mr. Woods English 102 CHA 8 November 2010 The Road Not Taken The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost describes the dilemma in decision making, generally in life each individual has countless decisions to make and those decisions lead to new challenges, dilemmas and opportunities. In Frost’s poem, the careful traveler observes the differences of each path, one is bent and covered in undergrowth (Frost 5) and the other is grassy and unworn (Frost 8). In the end he knows he can only choose one of the paths, after much mental debate he picks the road less traveled and is well aware that he will likely never return to experience the other. By examining Frost 's "The Road Not Taken," we get a deeper understanding of…show more content…
The poetic techniques were symbolism, imagery, and tone. Symbolism is the most powerfully used technique due to the fact a good number of lines located in this poem is used to signify a certain object or idea related to our life or today’s world. Imagery in the sense that you can visualize the path, the yellow wood, the undergrowth, the divergence; it is all made very vivid. Frost did this throughout; you know trying to stimulate the reader’s mood using one’s senses. In this poem, imagery permits the reader to imagine the scene that this poem takes place in resulting in an enhanced understanding of the theme. The tone Frost’s work presents is an insecure attitude which allows the theme to be brought out due to the fact the theme relates to a dilemma in one’s life. These techniques strongly aid in the revealing of this specific theme. The poem relates the problem of decision-making that affects lives of individuals. The poet does not seem to regret the choice that he has made. But, certainly he feels lonely. When there are several opportunities available, it often becomes difficult to make the right choice. But, once a choice has been made one has to move ahead without turning back. Determination and hope lead a person through difficult times. The future is unpredictable. With relentless pursuit and faith in oneself, anything can be achieved. Work cited. Frost, Robert “The Road Not Taken”

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