The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Kia Wells
Eng 102
20 September 2013

“The Road Not Taken” By Robert Frost
The poem “The Road Not taken by Robert Frost was published back in the year of 1916.The poem was printed in Italics and consists of 4 stanzas. This poem is also considered and known to be one of Robert Frost’s most popular poems. In this essay I will explore The Road Not Taken. I try to fully understand if Frost felt disappointment in his life due to certain decisions that are made. Stanza four of the poem is where the tone of the poem is made clear just from a “sigh” the poet makes which will be further explored during the essay. The setting of the poem is during the fall season. That is understood from the first stanza and the first line of the poem which
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In stanza three the poet allows the reader to know the time of day he is traveling the roads. The poem stated “And both that morning equally lay, in leaves no step had trodden black”. We now know it is morning time and the road is covered in leaves. The leaves turned black from steps.
As the poem continues, Stanza four is where the entire tone of the poem is made clear. The poet wrote “I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence”. A sigh can be understood as a good or bad. Or happy or sad. It is safe to assume that the tone is a rather disappointing one or a sign of regret. From the beginning of the poem the poet is talking about which road to take and it clearly shows the difficulty of making a decision. The pathos of this poem is obviously in stanza four when the poet makes a sigh. The reader will automatically have sympathy for the poet making the reader wish there was something they can do to make things better.
Overall, in the poem “The Road Not Taken”, Robert Frost established a disappointing or negative tone. It shows how life’s decisions can be hard and it will create depression, regret and sometimes an emotional strain. Being that the title of the poem is “The Road Not taken and not “The Road Taken” is a hint on life and decisions. If you go down one road, you may never know what could’ve been from the other road. Robert Frost also implies the fact that he is reflecting back on the road

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