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Answer the questions from the poem 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost in complete sentences.
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Answer the questions from the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost in complete sentences.


1. As an example of personification (look it up if you don't know what it is), why does the speaker claim that the road he took "wanted wear"?


2. What is the significance of lines 14-15, and how do they relate to the theme of the poem?


3. Do you think the speaker's "sigh" at the end suggests he is regretful of his decision, pleased with it, or that he's ambivalent (he doesn't seem to care one way or the other)? Explain which position you take and how you would justify it using information from the poem.


4. If you think about people in general, and the choices they make in their lives, what conclusion would you say the speaker comes to about these choices people make?


Answer the questions from "Traveling Through the Dark" by William Stafford in complete sentences.


1. What do you conclude is the literal meaning of the word "swerve" as it's used in the first stanza? Near the end of the poem, the word "swerving" is used again more figuratively. If we were to conclude the second meaning of the word is different from the first, what is meant when the speaker says "my only swerving" at the end?


2. How might the speaker's final decision be seen as a symbol for all difficult decisions we have to make in our lives?


3. Why does the speaker admit that he "hesitated"? How might your opinion about him change if there was no hesitation?


4. Why does the speaker feel that the "wilderness [is listening]" to him and his actions? What effects does this seem to have on him? On the other hand, after the poem is over, what do you imagine might be the lasting effects this action may have on him?


5. Which of the two poems did you appreciate (not like or understand) more and why? 

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