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Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken.

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Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken : Benedict Connolly 5ND : 2.2.03 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. Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same. And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. 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 traveled by, And that has made all the difference. 'The Road Not Taken' is about choices. Frost tells us of a choice he had to make in life and how he came to his final decision. ...read more.

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Perhaps he suggests that he confronted subjects that were previously untouched in American poetry. Frost declares that he was original in his actions. 'And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black.' This is a perfect image. Frost does not claim that others have never been to these woods before, they have just not come here recently - they may have walked the soil, just not the leaves. The leaves have fallen recently and, as they are untouched, it is clear that nobody has been here since. This allows Frost some self-praise without the intrusion of arrogance. Furthermore, to show more modesty, there is a little self-jest in the words 'trodden black'. The poet implies that his influence was not necessarily positive. However, I think this is just a playful sense of humour on the poets' part. The rhyming scheme is quite regular (abaab cdccd efeef ghggh). Each stanza contains five lines, which are usually of nine syllables each. It is good that the poem is stable rather than erratic in its structure because this adds to the silence of the wood, the sense of a fable being told, a composed mood and overall sense of tranquility. ...read more.

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All these things may be true. What is certain is that Frost is happy with the decisions he made - whether they were fruitful or not. The final line affirms this. 'And that has made all the difference.' To me, this is a positive statement. To 'make a difference' usually means to give an input which is of benefit. Though the words themselves do not imply anything, the poet would not confuse his readers by intending a different meaning than that which they will instinctively read. In 'The Road Not Taken' Frost looks back on the choices he has made in his life. He claims that he aimed to take a moderately different path to others, but accepts that much of this may have been an illusion. However, the primary message of this poem is universal. Frost says that by making the choices you believe to best at the time, you will not regret making them and you will be ultimately have satisfaction. 'The Road Not Taken' is particularly meaningful and important to me because of its universal nature, its richness in language and clever undertones contained in every word and finally because of the simple but essential wisdom it relates. *** ...read more.

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