The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost and A Worn Path, by Eudora Welty

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Throughout this course, I have discovered that literature is more than just words being brought together by an author to form an emotionally charged story. Literature provides an engaging outlet into an imaginary realm to its audience. As the reader is captivated by the story, poem or play, a, emotional connection is established.

By connecting, considering and concluding the response gained from literary works, the reader can obtain a deeper, analytical understanding of these techniques and tools used by the authors of the various literature forms. For this assignment, I have chosen to compare and contrast two separate literary works from “Journey into Literature” (Clugston, 2010), with similar themes. . The poems I will discuss are “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost and “A Worn Path”, by Eudora Welty. I have chosen these works over the others in our course text because they both offer a deeper look at life, from an outside perspective, as the reader looks into the lives of the main characters and relates with the journeys they are on. By analyzing these forms of literature, I hope to leave you with the same all-encompassing insight I have gained. The extensive and diverse literary techniques used by both Frost and Welty can and have altered these similar themes in a dramatic way.

“The Road Not Taken”, written by Robert Frost and published in 1916, takes on the literary form of poetry. “The Road Not Taken is one of Robert Frost’s most familiar and most popular poems. It is made up of four stanzas of five lines each, and each line has between eight and ten syllables in a roughly iambic rhythm; the lines in each stanza rhyme in an abaab pattern. The popularity of the poem is largely a result of the simplicity of its symbolism”...

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