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The Road not taken

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The Road Not Taken On first reading "The Road Not taken" seems formal and moralistic There are 4 stressed syllables per line, the rhyme scheme throughout the poem "ABAAB" creates the flow in the poem, the punctuation steps in shows contrast which in life there are decisions and what decisions you make reflects the start and the stop point in your life. There are only full stops in the 3rd stanza because he is confused "I doubled if I should ever come back" confused about if he could ever go back to the point where he had to choose the two roads. ...read more.


one choice, we can or not do it so there are two alternatives, also "Yellow wood" questions reader what time of day it is? What feeling do you get from yellow? What season it is? A "No one has yet walked upon the leaves" initiate that it is autumn and yellow is an autumn color. "And sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood" tells the reader that there are times people could take both choices instead of one but we cannot so we must agonize over the choices; weigh the possibilities. "I shall be telling this with a sigh" the sighing shows that he is wanting and wishing he could try the other road, tells the reader that he regrets choosing the road. ...read more.


Decisions, Decisions, Frost tells the reader that what we do is come up with some justifications for the choice we made even though we question our decision, even as we make it, when the choice are so close to being equal at the end does it really matter? Throughout the 1st 2nd and 3rd stanza the text is represented to be past tense but in the 4th stanza it suddenly changes to present tense, suddenly change of tone we hear a different story from the 1st 2nd and 3rd stanzas, about sighing and differing the road he did not take. ...read more.

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