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Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken, and Nothing Gold Can Say

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Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken, and Nothing Gold Can Say. Robert Frost was one of America's greatest poets. From 1874 - 1963 he has written many famous poems including "Nothing Gold can stay" and "The Road not taken" which I will be writing about. He lived in San Francisco and sadly died in Boston in 1963. He moved to Massachusetts when he was eleven and went to the local high school. He then continues to go to Dartmouth College. The Road Not Taken is a poem about decisions in life and how each one leads onto another road, spreading into a vast complexity of situations and life. The roads symbolise decisions and how each decision effects the whole journey ahead of him. The first verse is about his first decision in the network of roads that he could have taken. He ponders which road to follow and wonders what the consequences of each road could lead to. He tries to look into the future by peering down the road to where it makes a turn! The first line, "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" means that he has to walk down one of two roads leading in opposite directions and the yellow wood could be a screen blocking his vision into the future of his choice. In the second line, " And sorry I could not travel both", means that he wished he could have chosen both to compare each road to the other road and choose the one he preferred. ...read more.

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Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back The first two lines mentions that he has not made a bad decision (no step had trodden black) to go on the road he took or he has not made any mistakes. He has continued his unpredictable journey and he has not turned back and walked over the same leaves twice to make them black. At the end of the third line there is an exclamation mark which means he is almost sarcastically joking that he could gone back and taken the other road. He laughs at the thought of retracing all those decisions and steps to go back to one final spot. In the third and fourth lines it confirms this. He says that because of all the complexities during his journey (ways lead onto ways), he doubted if it was actually possible to walk back! He wishes he could have travelled both roads though, but each tiny little decision like "shall I walk right or left" could influence the rest of your life in maybe a hugely reactive way! The last verse is about him reflecting on the decisions ha had made in life and his opinion to what had happened. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference In this verse he is looking into the future (again!) ...read more.

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Spring is sinking and grief resembles the sadness of it disappearing. Eden is the season which is sinking. It is like the season does not want to die, because it feels grief as it falls. The third line is right at the end of the season and the start of the new season. "so dawn goes down to day". It is the end one day (or season) and the beginning of another day (or season!) It also shows that time is involved with the changing of seasons. The change does not all happen at once. The fourth and final line of the poem, "Nothing gold can stay" is saying that nothing beautiful lasts. I personally agree with this statement as it applies to all things in today's modern society. Nothing good will ever last. We will all die one day and anything good we did have will be gone. I really enjoyed studying these poems because they all related to life and how life works. They have a similar style and at first I did not have a clue what was being told. Once you look at the poems in more depth though, you can see the points they are trying to get across. I would not recommend these poems to anyone though, because people might find them boring as I did from the beginning. Putting both poems side by side, I can say that I enjoyed studying "Nothing gold can stay" more than the other because I understood the issues more clearly and I liked the way Robert Frost put the seasons into a poem. ...read more.

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