Response Paper 4 (The Road Not Taken)
Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” is a poem written to empathize on choices that are made throughout life. This particular poem is structured to show that no matter what decisions have to make; throughout the poem Robert Frost takes us on an inevitable walk, that walk is called life. It leads you to a two way street, in which there you have to choose a life path to follow, not knowing what is going to be set be for you. Many times in the poem Robert Frost uses setting and symbolism to show how the journey changes and the importance of making good decisions along the journey. The beginning of the first stanza starts off with “Two roads diverged in a yellow mood” (Frost 666). When Frost uses the word yellow this leads me to believe that it is maybe spring time which is often time a very tranquil and pleasant time of the year, and with the use of that kind of setting makes that road seem to be more tempting to travel down. Also in the first stanza, Frost say “And looked down one as far as I could ...To where it bent in the undergrowth” (Frost 666). He uses those two lines in that stanza to show that the traveler is trying to look further into the future to see what each path face might hold, and the future is represented by the bend which stops him from seeing where that path leads. Overall, this poem was written to remember a decision that was made in life. The decision may have been a vital turning point in life that needed to be reflected on. Robert Frost wrote this poem with a subliminal message saying that you have choose your path wisely because you may never get a chance to go back and change your route.
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