William Stafford's Traveling Through The Dark

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There are many different types of poems that exist on devices and books. Many are happy, sad, dark, funny, etc. The purpose of these poems are to make people feel a certain way or to just relate to how they are feeling. The poem “Traveling through the Dark,” by William Stafford, alters people’s emotions by making them feel sad by the darkness of the poem. The author’s background influenced the poem, “Traveling through the Dark” and its motif of sadness. Stafford uses tone, word choice, and imagery to convey the themes of the dangers of the night, rural roads, and the death of animals and humans. William Stafford’s poem illustrates his experience with dead animals from living in rural regions and from his hobbies of hunting, fishing, and camping. He often writes about the relationships between humans and animals, in his poems. The poem is about a time he found a dead…show more content…
If you don’t see an animal in the road until last minute then it is too late. You should not swerve out of the way because the vehicle could collide into a tree or someone else’s car and it would cause many other deaths than just the deer. Driving in the darkness is the worst especially when there are many things you have to look for, as well as, giving your full attention to the road and surroundings. In “The Road Not Taken,” the author writes about two different paths the main character could take, and it is symbolism to real life choices where someone can choose to do something or not. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I// I took the one less traveled by/ And that has made all the difference” (Frost 82: 18-20). The author says that he took a path that no one else really would take. That means he’s different in his own way. The two poems are different because, “Traveling through the Dark” is about dangers of the night and death, while “The Road Not Taken” is about being different and choosing the best
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