Literary Analysis – the Road Not Taken

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Literary Analysis – The Road Not Taken
Shannon Eads Carradine
ENG 125
Instructor Allen
March 11, 2013

Choices. Each and every one of us makes choices in our everyday life. We may not always make the right choice, but we learn and grow from the wrong ones. That is what life is all about; choices. In Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, he reflects on life’s choices. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both/And be one traveler, long I stood” (Clugston, 2010). I am very familiar with this poem; one that I have known since childhood. I did not know it at the time what my great-grandmother was trying to express to me about this poem, but as I aged it became more and more apparent to me; she was trying to teach me about life and making the right choices.

The tone of this poem is of ambiguous deliberation; meaning that the speaker (persona) is deep in thought pondering on which path he or she should take and whether or not it is and will be the right path. The tone really sets the mood right from the beginning and flows well until the last stanza when it states: “I shall be telling this with a sigh” (Clugston, 2010). Although the speaker (persona) will be sighing when he or she tells the story of this important life decision, it is not a sigh of regret; it is a sigh of happiness. Although my great-grandmother read this poem to me in my childhood years, I have never actually read the poem myself. I was amazed at how this poem kept me intrigued and wanting to read it. This is very hard for me to do; wanting to read. So, I will say it did its job, so to speak. Frost starts the poem with: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (Clugston, 2010). The two roads diverged symbolizes there are two different choices or paths; while in a yellow wood symbolizes the aging of the person. With that being said, taking the one less traveled by means that the speaker (persona) chose the best path for him or her at...
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