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Poetry Coursework

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Poetry Coursework Is it safe to assume that the choices we make affect our lives? The poems "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and "The Choosing" by Liz Lochhead both deal with the theme of choices and the consequences of choices we make. The poem "The Road Not Taken" is more symbolic ("Two roads diverged in a yellow wood"), metaphorical ("And looked down one as far as I could/to where it bent in the undergrowth") and it gives the reader some advice for their own choices. "The Choosing" is written more with a personal tone as if the poet had experienced the events first hand ("But from the top deck of the high-school bus/I'd glimpse among the others in the corner"). I enjoyed the second poem for its more personal tone rather than the general wise tone of the first. However in analysing them I have found that "The Road Not Taken" is a much more meaningful poem as this work should show. The poem "The Road Not Taken" has both a metaphorical and a literal meaning. Literally it is about a traveller walking in the woods and he comes to two roads both going in different directions. ...read more.

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In the middle of the poem the poet changes her rhyming scheme to a more regular one that the sporadic beginning. I think that she has chosen to do this to emphasis how important this section of the poem is and ultimately draws the reader. During the end of the poem the reader finds out what the speaker in the poem has real resentment that her choice was education over a social life but I think she's angrier over the fact that it was not her choice. The first three stanzas of the poem give the reader an image of two little girls that were equal in every way. The repetitive use of the word "equal" also emphasises this point. In the second stanza there is a form of alliteration which in this case is "Collin's Children's Classics" and this is used to give the poem a smoother sounding flow. I think that the first three stanzas are effective in conveying this message because they are told in such a personal way that it makes the reader thing that they are true events. ...read more.

Conclusion

Use of alliteration, antithesis and occasional rhymes to give this poem interesting and enjoyable read. Both these poems have themes of choosing and ultimately regret. However in "The Road Not Taken" the author is more general rather than the personal tone used in "The Choosing". Also in Choosing the poet uses a direct approach to telling the poem rather than the metaphorical approach in Road. Both poems do have a rhyme scheme that appears (in Choosing, albeit slowly) however in Road it is most noticeable. Towards the future I think that I will remember both of the stories given by these poems and try to apply them to my own life. As a wise man once said "Man's power of choice enables him to think like an angle of a devil, a king or a salve. Whatever he chooses, mind will create a manifest." Fredrick Bailes (1889-1970) I think that choices will determine the life that we will chose for ourselves and rather than leave it up to destiny or chance we should chose to go the extra bit further to achieve good marks in exams (or in coursework) or anything else that stands in out way from achieving our real potential Choose your life and never look back. Choices are made for reasons. Charlene Harwood ...read more.

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