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Running head: POETRY ESSAY 1“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost201840 Engl102: Composition and LiteratureFall D 2018Candice Parker ID # L27769775APA
POETRY ESSAY 2“The Road Not Taken” by Robert FrostRobert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” published in 1916, is an intriguing story describing the reflection of decisions made and roads traveled. Frost uses literary devices and thesymbol of taking “the one less traveled” to share his reminiscence with vivid imagery. The poem’s assonance and rhythm give the poem a unique and enjoyable sound. The title expresses the narrator’s indecisiveness and longing to see what would have happened if he followed “The Road Not Taken.”I.ThemeA.The major theme is about choices. 1. Traveler is at a crossroad where he must choose which path.2. The traveler ultimately is reflecting on the other path which he did not choose.II.Setting or situationA.The poem is located at the entrance of two roads in the woods.1. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”2. The road is described as “grassy”, “no step had trodden.” B. The road is symbolic of life choices and where those choices lead us.III.MoodA.The poem is nostalgic and lonely.1.The narrator is looking back on what would have been of his life hadhe take a different path and made different decisions. 2. Frost recognizes that he took the path less travel, fewer people on his journey so he was isolated.a. “and be but one traveler”b. “And that has made all the difference”
POETRY ESSAY 3IV.Literary Devices and Figures of SpeechA.Alliteration is used “w” sounds “wanted wear”B.Assonance is the repeating of “o” sounds in “roads” and “yellow”C.Metaphor for choices we make in our lives lead us down a road.