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Brown 1 Emmanuel Brown ENG 102 June 2017 Poetry Essay Turabian Professor Rhonda Tilly
Brown 2 Poetry Essay Outline Theme and Mood 1. The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost has a literal setting and a metaphoric situation in the poem. The beginning of the poem commences with “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood”. “And sorry I could not travel both, and be one traveler, long I stood. And looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth.” In the first stanza, his imagery illustrates a traveler standing between two paths deciding which path to take. The theme of this poem is about making choices that are difficult to make, the decision you make determines what happens in your life. The opportunity of choice and dealing with the consequences of the choice being made. 2. He uses personal pronouns, so it is assumed that, “I”, the narrator is Robert Frost. He then uses some time to gather his thoughts to consider which path to take to initiate his intended journey. With sensory imagery, he states that he looked down one path and sought the end which was filled with undergrowth or an area filled with forestry. Setting and Symbolism A. The setting is very symbolic. In the literal sense, he is placed physically in an environment that reflects who he is at that very moment. Robert Frost is a traveler and he is now met with a dilemma that challenges his lifestyle. Which direction should he take to continue his journey? “Then took the other, as just as fair and having perhaps the better claim.” Figurative Speech and Poetic Devices 3. Robert Frost uses figurative language as a literary device. He also uses rhyme as a poetic device to aesthetically present his theme. He uses metaphor: “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” The metaphor depicts Frost having to make a decision essentially about his life. This choice is not easy to make because it determines his destiny.

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