Literary Merit

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What Road Society Will Take
People often avoid trying new things for fear of unforeseen consequences. This may keep them from experiences that will change their lives for the better. A merit worthy piece of literature is one that has the ability to evoke any type of feelings towards something. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost does an excellent job of allowing readers to ponder the decisions that they have made in their lives. The poem encourages people to try new things and to give life a chance. “The Road Not Taken” is worthy of literary merit because of the use of theme, couplets, and tone.

The theme of “The Road Not Taken” is to get out of one’s comfort zone and try new things. Theme is the message or meaning that the author is trying to convey to the reader. “I took the one less traveled by / and that has made all the difference” (19,20) is basically saying that if the traveler would have stayed inside his comfort zone he would have missed out on some major life experiences. He made this decision when he said, “Then I took the other” (6). This basically sums up the entire poem. The traveler is used to taking the same path on his way. One day after careful consideration he decides to shake things up and take a new rout. The theme of this poem is vital to its literary merit. This is the same as every poem. Without a theme the poem really does not have any sort of value to society. Even though couplets are not used very often in “The Road Not Taken” , when they are used they help the poem keep flowing. A couplet is when the end words of succeeding lines of a poem rhyme. “And be one traveler, long I stood / and looked down as far as I could” (3,4) is the first couplet in the poem. It is positioned after a group of non-rhyming lines. If this pattern continued throughout the whole poem the message would be lost because the reader would get bored. The only other couplet in the poem is located in stanza four. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I− / I took...
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