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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
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He uses long descriptive sentences that are heavy and slow like the lifeless bodies that Slessor describes and no rhyming gives it a cheerful or light-hearted quality and no abrupt sentences give any false impressions of life. Slessor’s precise words “convoys of dead sailors” contain personified actions and thus the feelings are the same. Using muted adjectives “softly” and “humbly”, Slessor elucidates how reluctantly but obediently they all come to shore, giving up their contented dawdling of the night before that is depicted through imagery in the line “At night they sway and wander in the waters far

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