Images and Symbols in The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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The Road Not Taken is told by one person, and there is no designation as to gender, circumstance in life, or age. This person has come to a crossroads in their life and has two options to choose from. The location or place in the poem is a fork in a forest path, and time or era is not specified. However this can be even relevant today, so it would be considered a contemporary piece. The premise of the poem is that the narrator faces a decision and ultimately decides. Symbolism and imagery are used effectively to reinforce the theme throughout the poem. Imagery is a distinct representation of something that can be experienced and understood through the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste), or the representation of an idea, while symbolism represents an object, person, or action that conveys two meanings: its own literal meaning and something it stands for as well (Clugston, 2010). When analyzing the poem and the images and symbols is contains, one could use the reader response approach. This approach will have the reader reflect and connect to literature, finding a pers...

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