The difficulty in understanding this poem allows every reader to relate the traveler's thought process to their own. Frost could even be writing a poem to describe an actual event that occurred in his life, and still the vagueness allows for a deeper explication. If the poem was direct and simply stated that the traveler regretted or rather wholly agreed with his path, not every reader could relate. Looking at the fourth stanza Frost states, "he will be telling this with a sigh," leaving it again to the reader to determine if the sigh is of joy or sorrow. The true meaning cannot be determined out or in the context of the poem, but Frost does state that it will be an event to retell later: "somewhere ages and ages hence" (Frost 16-17).
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.
Supporting this fact, the speaker also declares that "knowing how way leads to way, /[he] doubted ... ... middle of paper ... ... way this experience has affected his life. Like a façade, sometimes the surface structure of a poem can be very misleading, and, periodically, one must look deeper into the work in order to grasp its true meaning. Often simple words and phrases are the key to understanding a poem so traditionally studied with one meaning attached to it. As stated before, Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is a poem frequently studied with a traditional insight; however, analyzed and critiqued at a different level this work is actually very ambiguous. Works Cited Frost, Robert.
There are limitations to being human and finite, and one of those is the inability to look in the future and know what is the best possible decision will be. It is important to look at all possible outcome... ... middle of paper ... ...as a happy and reflective sigh, as if to indicate satisfaction in the decision he made. Either way could completely change the tone of the poem, depending on the meaning of the simple word sigh. To eliminate the controversy hear, it could be important to think of a sigh as an audible release of breath, or as a contemplative sigh, as if Frost were simply thinking of the past. Frost is a brilliant poet who allows the reader to sink into the poetry so that the reader has an opportunity to view the poetry in his or her particular way.
It’s everywhere, when discussing the poem the first thing that is going to be talked about is the misunderstanding. Christina Sterbenz talks about the misleading poem but in a non-scholarly way. She talks about the irony in which Frost wrote his famous poem. Choosing between two different paths that look almost identical and in the end saying “one less traveled… made all the difference.” When really what Sternbenz states “So the point of the poem is that everyone wants to look back and think that their choices matter. But in reality, shit just happens the way it happens, and it doesn’t matter.” (Sternbenz, 2014), showing that things are going to happen good and bad either way you go so just make a decision and live with whatever come next.
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. The author then states how easy it to read this poem in an unorthodox war Porritt writes “Line by line, to the bottom of the page/But now you’re going the other way/ past the second story”. The author recognizes the narrator just read this with ease, “/to the top of penultimate line” as if the poem is pyramid that once you read all the words at the top their only one point. Porritt then ... ... middle of paper ... ...o.k. if your go the other way because the narrator is still some how going up, and growing.
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
At first glance, the poem seems a structured mass of words, simply constructed. However, a second look revels the poem's straightforward attempt to, ironically, reverse the roles of reader and speaker. Through its diction, it is a unique portrayal of a simple poem's reaching out to grab the reader's attention, eager to express that it is not merely a collection of words but intricately related to whoever peruses it. An attitude of regret is also apparent. The speakerexpresses concern in that he cannot control the reader's ... ... middle of paper ... ...poer to examine and scrutinize literature in general, this role-reversal may come as a surprise to her.
If this poem was aligned entirely to the left it wouldn’t have as big of as impact on the reader. The back and forth creates a conversation. Going off of that, italics can convey tone when used appropriately. If Yolen chose not to italicized the repetitive dialog, the reader would have had a hard time understanding that those stanzas were meant to be in the voices of the Fates. Lastly, future writers can learn a lot about word choice from Yolen in this poem.
It primarily involves the oral or literary mechanisms in which the language is used in a style that is handled by the owner and its listeners to change from ordinary writing styles. Poetry has summarized or trampled form to transport emotions and ideas to the person that is reading or listening to the poem. During the poem people possibly will come across strategies such as assonance and repetition to accomplish melodic special effects. Poems normally depend on for their effect on imagery, word association, and the pleasing qualities. Poetry can be single out most of the time from the type of style.