The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Written by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” deals with about making choices in life and how those choices affect your whole life. The meter of this poem is iambic tetrameter, for the most part. In most lines, the meter follows the rule with four iambs, which means that there is one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. But the meter is not normal since, in some lines, an anapest, which means there are two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable, is substituted for an iamb: “Two roads | diverged | in a yell|ow wood” (Frost 1). The poem is composed of four stanzas with five lines each, which is called a quintain (Poets Garret). And in each quintain, the rhyme scheme follows ABAAB. The “Road Not Taken” is an allegory, which is a story in which the objects and settings are symbols that stand for ideas about human life (Allegory). In this allegory, the fork in the road is represents making a choice. The main poetic device he uses is imagery; Frost is able to clearly paint the setting of the woods. People can interpret the tone of the poem differently. Some could say it is of satisfaction, since the author is looking back and appreciating how one choice has made his life better. However, some could say it is wistful, since the speaker wonders how his life would have been different if he had chosen another path. On the literal level, the poem tells of a road that split in the autumn woods and how the speaker wished he could have traveled both. For

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