The speaker thinks that in the time to come he will talk about how choosing which path to take was final and life changing. Even though this is the overall meaning to the poem, there is much more to pick out of it by closely looking at the many figures of speech throughout it. The first line of the poem: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,”(ll.1) provides the readers with the first metaphor. This line brings the setting into play for the poem. The road splitting into two could be a metaphor of choice.
In Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken” there are many complexities that ultimately lead to the poem’s unity. At first glance this poem seems to be a very typical coming of age poem where the speaker has come to a major fork in the road and he must decide which path to take. At first glance this would be a very good statement to make; however, as the reader digs deeper and searches for the complexity and the nuances of the poem the original assessment seems to be shallow and underdeveloped. In order to truly appreciate this poem as a work of art, the reader must search for the unity and complexity within it, otherwise this poetic work of art will go by unnoticed and cast off as a coming of age poem and nothing else. There is a very straight forward structure to this poem that contributes to the complexity and unity of the poem as a whole.
If the poem had a lighthearted tone, then it would fail to create a connection with the readers because individuals can generally relate to literature if there is a cost at stake or emotions in play. In this particular case, the narrator is deciding between two paths at the crossroads. Perhaps the usage of “I” in the poem sheds lights on the experience of making a choice, rather than simply the ultimate outcome of that choice. Due to the literary devices Frost employs throughout the poem, the choices that are made throughout life are emphasized as being of the utmost importance because individuals are later able to reflect on those choices and know that the “path less traveled by” has made all the difference
When considering the author’s path, was there really a right path? “The Road Not Taken” explores all these ideas in a matter of sentences. It is easy to misunderstand what Frost is trying to convey as the poem is focused on decisions that need to be made. The last stanza of the poem includes a line “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference”. What really is the road less traveled?
This poem has all the ingredients to be consider a good poem. The purpose of the poem is to break traditional form of thinking and challenge the narrator to break the rules of how poem can be written. From the beginning the title of the poem the author says “Read this Poem from the Bottom up”, the author Porritt wants its narrators to take an unorthodox way of reading this poem. As the narrator starts from the bottom of the line the authors writes “and feel what it’s like to climb stairs.” The author acknowledges that it’s something that the narrator has never done or attempted. The second line the author writes “ while trying not to notice the effort/ of moving against gravity of habit,/A force that usually pulls you down,” Porritt desires the narrators to challenge the orthodox way of reading, and not doublethink or challenge the unorthodox way of exploring a poems.
From this I get that the reader should have to find their own meaning of a poem, and that the poem should not directly tell you what it means. In the second section, the line ‘a poem should be motionless in time’ is repeated in the beginning and the end of the section. Since this line is repeated, I think that the author of the poem was trying to it the focus of this section. The word ‘motionless’ means to not move, or to remain stationary, while ‘in time’ implies that ‘time’ is changing. From this, motionless in this poem can also be seen to mean to stay the same, or to remain consistent throughout time.
In the poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost utilizes metaphors, imagery, and personification to enrich the meaning of the poem. The poem makes the reader ponder how he or she will never know what could’ve been, or what they’ve missed on their journey in life, and it will leave readers always wondering about “The Road Not Taken.”
Earlier, we explored the proposal that poetry teaches with metaphor. Frost suggests that the writer-reader relationship to understanding poetry, works in a similar fashion to the poetry-metaphor process. To break this idea down further, here is the specific job of a writer according to Frost, “His intention is of course a particular mood that won’t be satisfied with anything less than its own fulfillment. But it is not yet a thought concerned with what becomes it” (Frost 788). This quote appears to say that the writer should make the most of their writing opportunity and then turn the final piece over to the reader to see, “if it will take the soft impeachment from a friend” (Frost 786).
Every time a choice is made an entire possible future is eliminated and at that point all a person can do is remember what could have been. What Frost communicated in “The Road Not Taken” is applicable to every choice made in a lifetime. He brilliantly simplified something so troublesome and anxiety provoking into a simple process. That was Frost’s goal throughout his career: to create places of safety and clarity in his poetry in which readers would love to stay. Frost also created comfort in his poetry through the use of formulaic iambic pentameter and predictable rhymes: “And be one traveler, long I stood/And looked down one as long as I could.” Even a
Caesura are the strong pauses within a line of verse, forms commas, hyphens, and semicolon. In the poem Robert Frost wrote “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both” (p.127, Stanza 1). Another line is “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I― I took the one less traveled by, and has made all the difference” both of these lines represents caesura. How this poetic craft element help emphasize the overall meaning of the poem is by representing the tone in the poem. The pauses helps the reader understand what is happening in the poem, such as understanding how the narrator is feeling towards the diverge roads.