How do Frost and Slessor convey their ideas in their respective poems, “The Road Not Taken” and “Beach Burial”?
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a first person narrative tale of a monumental moment in the author’s life. He is faced between the choice of a moment and a lifetime manifested in his poem. Walking down a rural road the narrator encounters a point on his travel that diverges into two separate similar paths. In Robert Frost’s poem "The Road Not Taken", Frost presents the idea of man facing the difficult unalterable choice of a lifetime. This idea in Frost’s poem is embodied in the fork in the road, the decision between the two paths, and the speaker’s decision to select the road not taken.
Man’s life can be metaphorically related to a physical journey filled with many twists and turns. Through out this journey there are instants where choices between alternate paths have to be made- the route man decides to take is not always an easy one to determine. The fork in the road represents the speaker’s encounter of having to choose from two paths a direction that will affect the rest of his life. Frost presents to the reader a moment in anyone’s life where an arduous problematic choice has to be made. There are an abundance of options in life man faces; Frost symbolizes this into the diverging of the two paths in his poem. The decision for which path to choose from can be hard to accept, just as the revelation of the choices.
The two paths represent the options man has to choose from. Faced with these decisions, man has to weigh his options carefully to make an optimal choice. At the split in the road, the speaker looks far down both the two paths to see what each of the paths will bring. The speaker’s sight is limited- his eyes can only see the path until it bends into "the undergrowth." The author shows man’s attempts to tell which path is better by trying to for see what they will behold down...
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