The Road Not Taken Poem Analysis Essay

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Introduction The rhyme scheme of Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ negates the idea of the ‘choice’ of the author in the poem, insofar as each quintain is dominated by three lines of an initial rhyme in iambic tetrameter and only two of the second, the effect of this is to show the imbalance of the choice that the author is making and so helps to tell the story. However, it could be argued that the ending rhyme being the second rhyme suggests that the narrator is unwilling to fully let go of the less dominant choice, it is this human reluctance that Frost manages to capture within his poem, ‘And sorry I could not Travel Both’ (2), showing that the narrator had hesitations about the future and the certain fear of the unknown, a relatable fear to all decisions. Even so, the more likely reason for the uneven balance of rhymes in the stanzas is to show how in most decisions there are, in fact, imbalances favouring one choice and a reluctance to follow it for the fear that the other road will offer…show more content…
The vague characterisation in ‘Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening’ is used to encourage a moment of still reflection to the world. It is, arguably, a simple message and the narrative ‘plot’ no more than a man taking a minute to look in some woods. However, the importance of the message comes from this simplicity and how universal it is. The overpowering pull of obligations and ‘[having] promises to keep’ (14) resonates a feeling of necessary separation from society once in a while, but also the brevity of which that separation can take place. Because of the simplistic nature of the poem it is possible to connect with the narrative voice on a personal level, transferring your own parallel emotions to the poem to give it greater meaning and so finishing the depth of the poem that comes from relating with
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