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Running head: POETRY ANALYSIS ESSAY 1 Poetry Analysis Essay ENGL 102: Literature and Composition Spring D 2017 Lisa Asselin D01 APA
Running head: POETRY ANALYSIS ESSAY 2 Poetry Analysis Essay Thesis and Outline: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost A traveler arrives at a crossroad while walking in the wood one early morning. Here, where the one road becomes two, the traveler stands alone and ponders his options of which road to choose to continue his journey. The use of the imagery and metaphorical words, such as the yellow wood and the undergrowth at the bend in the road, adds impact and symbolism to the poem. Thesis statement: The composer of “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost, emphasizes a theme for all humanity that making meaningful decisions about the choices in one’s life will decide the direction and potential future outcome of that person’s life. Body: A. Imagery 1. “yellow wood” (line 1); leaves on the roads (line 12) suggests Autumn season 2. the traveler standing alone contemplating on where each road leads (line 3) 3. description of both roads B. Symbolism/play on words 1. the “two roads diverged” (line 1 and 18) 2. the bend in the road in the undergrowth (line 5) 3. “way leads on to way” (line 14) C. Metaphor/ how the literary tools came into play to complete the metaphor 1. the only way to see what's beyond the bend in the road is to keep going. 2. “taking the road less traveled by, has made all the difference.” Conclusion: The traveler in this poem is reflecting on the road choice and perhaps will always think about the one not taken and would wonder where it may have led. The final lines of the poem direct the reader’s thoughts to understand that the traveler’s choice was significant in how decisions will result in the course that one’s life will follow by the choices that one makes.

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