The first noticeable thing about “The Road Not Taken” is that it is a free verse style poem which makes it appear as being quite simple at first. The diction is descriptive and illustrates the disparities and the images of the two roads. The storyteller has to make a choice between two roads, he considers the pros and cons of each one of them, regretting the fact that he cannot travel both of them simultaneously. In the end, he decides that the second one may be better because it’s been only taken by a few. Nonetheless, the narrator explains that he will recall this cherished incident in the future, and states that the decision he made will have a huge impact on his life. After...
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... starting to grow old. Throughout the whole poem, personification can only be found in 2 verses (Verse 7: And having perhaps the better claim / Verse 8: because it was grassy and wanted wear.) In this case, it seems like the narrator is describing the road as having an opinion and a desire as if the claim was made by the road, and therefore he is giving human characteristics to the roadway. The autumn imagery continues until the end of the poem, when it’s morning (Verse 11: And both that morning equally lay Verse12: In leaves no step had trodden black.) the narrator says that the leaves have recently fallen, which made me as reader assume that these leaves makes it impossible to know which road has been more or less traveled. Therefore this is metaphor the hidden meaning behind this verse is that sometimes it is hard to know which decision is more beneficial in life.
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