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Symbolism in Robert Frost

This poetry analysis essay is about symbolism in Robert Frost’s poetry. The essay

is titled “Symbolism in Robert Frost” and the poems under discussion are “The Road

Not Taken” and “Birches”. Fisrt I will start with the poem titled “The Road Not Taken”

and provide three short quotes from this poem and one quote from “Birches.” I will also

provide three possible interpretations of their meaning. The following is a quote from the

poem titled “The Road Not Taken”: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I

could not travel both and be one traveler.” The first possible interpretation of that quote is

that there a choices in life that we as individuals will ultimately have to make. Sometimes

these choices are made and the consequences are not what was expected. These choices

however insignificant at the time, can result into significant circumstances. The choices

we make in life affect us in many ways. The next possible interpretation of that quote is

making choices in life is what human beings do throughout life. There are no foolproof

systems in place to indicate which choice will benefit individuals the most. A third

interpretation of the quote is the choices in life are many and there will be situations

where you can not change your decision easily once it has been made and you’re forced

to see through with what you have decided. There are times when we make choices and

look back on the choices we have made in retrospect thinking what would have happened

if I had choose differently?

Now that I have provided three possible interpretations of a quote from the poem

titled “The Road Not Taken”, I would now like to take a second quote from that same

poem and provide three possible interpretations of its meaning. The following is a second

quote from the poem titled “The Road Not Taken”: “Oh I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever comeback.” The first

possible interpretation of that quote is that we as individuals come to terms with and

accept the choices we make in life whether good or bad. The next possible interpretation

of that quote is when dealing with choices made in life that may not have been wise

before, we can make the best of the situation and stay the course.

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