Reflection on “The Road Not Taken”
Literature requires us to go on a journey with the writer, to enter the world that they have so carefully created for you to explore. Our text defines imagination as “the human power that shapes artistic expression; it enables a writer’s work to become an expression of meaning in our world, and allows readers to engage in identifying with what the writer’s work has to say about things that matter.”(Clugston, 2010). Imagination is the number one thing required for you as a reader to make a connection with the world that an author has envisioned. Many literary works are based on real life situations that you can relate to, allowing yourself to be drawn in and opening up yourself and your mind to the situations described by an author. This papers identifies a literary piece that conveys a journey I am sure many of us have been faced with before. It also expresses some of the techniques used by the author in order to express his message to his readers and explains the value to gain from this particular piece. For this week’s assignment I have chosen to write my reflective essay on Robert Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken”. The genre of this piece is a poem. This poem tells us of the journey of a traveler and the decision he is forced to make when reaching a split in the road. The question, which road to take? There are several ways in which a reader can choose to draw an analysis of a piece they read. One commonly used is the reader-response approach. This approach requires you to make a connection to literature by finding a “personal link”. The key is to not only use your feelings and opinions but to realize what specific aspects of the piece make you feel the way that you do. I feel this is the perfect approach for me to use because I have most definitely made that connection and feel that personal link.
Literature requires us to go on a journey with the writer, to enter the world that they have so carefully...
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