From first glance this poem looks like a simple paragraph because it does not have stanzas or anything of that sort, this means that the poem is open form or free verse. In a free verse poem the author does just about anything his or her heart desires and that is most...
... middle of paper ...
...e “The Road Not Taken” or “The Raven” in the sense that the older poems seem to have much more allusions, symbolism, and a lot of times even some kind of moral. However perhaps the cut means nothing more than a cut, and subject of the poem simply bleeds to death and that is it. Or perhaps in the poem “The Raven” there is also no point, as some critics say, “It is not really surprising that some critics should think Poe meaningless, or that others should suppose his meaning intelligible only to monsters.” (Sisler 334) Perhaps the main character simply has a stroke at the end and is simply hallucinating and therefore saying and hearing things as a symptom. These things will never truly be known, all that is left, is to collect the pieces of evidence that the author leaves behind, like the techniques that were used and to try and guess what the author could have meant.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler” (Page 756 Stanza 1). This is the beginning of an iambic tetrameter by Robert Frost in which he expresses the thoughts of the speaker as they come to a fork in the road. The speaker faces a dilemma of deciding which path to take. Frost uses a closed form with a rhyme scheme of “ABAAB.” The speaker reaching the fork in the road is symbolism for a particular decision that he must make in life. The first stanza is setting up the situation in which the speaker must observe both choices and make a decision and stick with it.... [tags: Road Not Taken, Robert Frost]
769 words (2.2 pages)
- On "The Road Not Taken" Most people believe that "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost was written to inspire people to be different, and to not follow the majority. However, the poem was actually written to gently tease one of Frost's good friends, and fellow poet, Edward Thomas. Frost and Thomas would take walks in the woods together, and Thomas would take Frost down one path and later regret not choosing a different path. This would lead one to believe that Frost is actually ridiculing the action of regretting decisions.... [tags: Robert Frost Road Not Taken Poem ]
1143 words (3.3 pages)
- The Significance of The Road Not Taken My father introduced me to "The Road Not Taken" when I was a young teenager because he figured that I was beginning a period of my life where I would be forced to make many important decisions, and he saw this poem as a source of guidance through those decisions. This poem carries truth and edification in its words. It forms a beautiful analogy of life and all its complications. After my father finished reciting the poem, I never gave a second thought that day to Robert Frost or his poetry.... [tags: Road Not Taken essays]
819 words (2.3 pages)
- Mischief in "The Road Not Taken" On December 16, 1916, he received a warm letter from Meiklejohn, looking forward to his presence at Amherst and saying that that morning in chapel he had read aloud "The Road Not Taken," "and then told the boys about your coming. They applauded vigorously and were evidently much delighted by the prospect." Alexander Meiklejohn was an exceptionally high-minded educator whose principles and whose moral tone toward things may be illustrated most briefly and clearly by some statements from his essay "What the College Is." This, his inaugural address as president of Amherst, was printed for a time as an introduction to the college catalogue.... [tags: The Road Not Taken]
1521 words (4.3 pages)
- The Road Not Taken and the Journey of Life This poem by Robert Frost was first read to me in the last year of my high school experience. Back then, not only did I have absolutely no interest in any literary work, but moreover, had no intension to lye there and analyze a poem into its symbolic definitions. Only now have I been taught the proper way to read a literary work as a formalistic critic might read. With this new approach to literature I can understand the underlying meaning to Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken".... [tags: Road Not Taken essays]
773 words (2.2 pages)
- Use of Irony in The Road Not Taken "The Road Not Taken," perhaps the most famous example of Frost’s own claims to conscious irony and "the best example in all of American poetry of a wolf in sheep's clothing." Thompson documents the ironic impulse that produced the poem as Frost's "gently teasing" response to his good friend, Edward Thomas, who would in their walks together take Frost down one path and then regret not having taken a better direction. According to Thompson, Frost assumes the mask of his friend, taking his voice and his posture, including the un-Frostian sounding line, "I shall be telling this with a sigh," to poke fun at Thomas's vacillations; Frost ever after, according t... [tags: The Road Not Taken]
689 words (2 pages)
- The Very Ambiguous Road Not Taken Donald J. Greiner states, "In the years since his death, biographical revelations and critical appraisals have torn off the mask to expose a Frost the public never knew: a flawed man with more than his share of personal tragedy, a major poet with more than his share of fear"(95). Many people consider Robert Frost to be a great poet with many accomplishments. His work is well known throughout Europe and the United States; however, most people do not know the kind of life Frost led.... [tags: Road Not Taken essays]
1023 words (2.9 pages)
- Decisions in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken Throughout our lives we are faced with a number of important decisions, decisions that determine an unseen future. The choices, though often virtually identical, lead to different destinies and often leave us asking "what if?" There are not always signs telling us the way to go or the choice to make; we must find out what lies ahead for ourselves. In his "The Road Not Taken," Robert Frost relates to the reader such a choice, symbolic, perhaps of any major decision in life.... [tags: Analysis Road Not Taken Essays]
660 words (1.9 pages)
- An Analysis of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken In "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost, many questions arose about the meaning of the poem. One common interpretation of the poem about assertion of individualism, where the speaker is taking the road not traveled so that he can assert his individualism, is a nice interpretation. However, I believe that the speaker is really having a hard time making up his mind, and the poem is a conversation with himself trying to rationalize his decision. It seems as if both ways might lead to great occurrences, but only one way is the right way.... [tags: Road Not Taken essays]
912 words (2.6 pages)
- The Other Road in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken In his celebrated poem "The Road Not Taken," Robert Frost describes the decision one makes when reaching a fork in the road. Some interpret Frost as suggesting regret on the part of the traveler as to not choosing the path he forgoes, for in doing so he has lost something significant. Others believe he is grateful for the selection, as it has made him the man he is. The diverging roads are symbolic of the choices society is faced with every day of life.... [tags: Road Not Taken essays Frost Poetry ]
1660 words (4.7 pages)