Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a classical piece of poetry from just short of a hundred years ago. Even though it is often misinterpreted it has still made its way into popular culture. People believe that Frost advocates breaking away from societal norms and choosing the road less traveled but, in fact he doesn’t, he mentions the road not taken rather than the road less traveled on, either way it has influenced popular culture in a variety of ways. “The Road Not Taken” has made its way into popular culture in numerous ways such as the names of episodes of TV series for example Fringe Season 1, Episode 19, a version of the very popular “Cup Song” from Pitch Perfect (2012) and “The Road Not Taken” is available on Youtube and merges
For many Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” is thought to be a poem that symbolically challenges individuals to take the road less traveled in life. However, Frost’s work can also be taken in a more literal sense as many have often noticed that there was not a road less traveled but both roads were equally worn. No matter what one sees as the motivation for this thought provoking poem, the use of figurative language such as metaphors, imagery, symbolism, is a reflective depiction of the internal struggle one faces when confronted with choices, and the realization that these choices profoundly affect our lives. Frost 's “The Road Not Taken, consists of metaphors, describing the path as life’s journey and the fork as the many choices that lie ahead. The opening line of the poem depicts life as a path, “diverging.” “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both” (Lines 1-2).
Figurative Language Demonstrated by the Idea of Choice in “The Road Not Taken” Choice can be defined as making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. Robert Frost composed “The Road Not Taken” for a friend, Edward Thomas, intending for the poem to be a joke. Although Frost had opposite intentions, many critics in the modern day interpret the poem as a complex writing about making meaningful decisions and choices. “The Road Not Taken” was created in 1916 and originally titled “Two Roads,” then later reconstructed. The figurative language used in Frost’s poem demonstrates the importance of making choices in everyday life.
When reading the poems “The road not taken” by Robert Frost,and “O’Captain,My Captain” by Walt Whitman it is evident that both have a great deal of distinctions, as well as commonalities. The first poem,“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is a symbolic story of a young man discovering his path in life.“The Road Not Taken” begins during Autumn, in the woods. The speaker,a young man, takes a stroll along a road. Eventually,he reaches a point in which the road diverges into two. Knowing that “way leads onto way”, it is not likely he will come back.
The “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is a poem written in first-person that describes how the narrator must choose between two paths in the forest. We know he’s in the forest because the first line of the poem states, “Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood.” We also know what time of year and time of day the poem takes place because the author says, “yellow wood,” and, “both (paths) that morning equally lay in leaves.” This tells us it takes place one morning in autumn since the author literally says it’s morning and the leaves are yellow and falling onto the paths. Anyway, the narrator starts the poem by telling us how he must make a decision when he comes to a fork in the road or path. He’s sorry he can’t travel both paths. Knowing he can
But, in the end the harder route or choice will pay off. No matter how dire the circumstances may be at the time of choosing, by picking the easy way out or the choice that everyone chooses, one will always look back at the road the did not choose. Hence, Frost titled the poem, “The Road not Taken”. Robert Frost’s “The Mending Wall” was published in 1914. One of his narrative poems, it also incorporates the theme of nature and connects it to human behavior.
“You have to make choices even when there is nothing to choose from.” This words from Peter Zilahy perfectly describes making a decision whether there is a choice or not, but making a decision means it will have a consequence. In William E. Stafford’s “Travelling through the Dark” presents readers with the difficulty of making a decision. One night, he was travelling along a mountain street under which the Wilson Water, he discovered a corpse of a doe and he decided to push the doe’s corpse into the river, but moving closer to the corpse of the doe was still warm on its belly indicated there is still a fawn in her, waiting to be born. After thinking for a while, he decided to push the doe’s corpse into the flowing Wilson Water to ensure safety of other motorists. Stafford wrote this poem as a free verse, the lines in this poem involves variations of rhythm here and there.
Frost’s poem varies from the story, both writings essentially consist of figurative terms that supports taking decisions seriously due to their effect. In the poem, a man stands where “two roads diverged” and carefully examines the choices in front of him, preparing to choose (Frost 1). It is instantly made clear that the man in the poem has an extremely difficult and vital choice to make alone. The fork in the road represents the pathways he could take and the different opportunities that would then follow. The road, symbolizing possible options, causes the man to worry as he attempts to look further into each one's future.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (New International Version, Deuteronomy 31:6). In the poem, “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost uses beautifully crafted metaphors, imagery, and tone to convey a theme that all people are presented with choices in life, some of which are life-altering, so one should heavily way the options in order to make the best choices possible. Frost uses metaphors to develop the theme that life 's journey sometimes presents difficult choices, and the future is many times determined by these choices. Throughout the poem, Frost uses these metaphors to illustrate life 's path and the fork in the road to represent an opportunity to make a choice. One of the most salient metaphors in the poem is the fork in the road.
Revoke the poem 's conclusion: ″Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -/ I took the one less traveler by, / And that has made all the difference.″ these are not only the poem 's best – admitted lines, but the ones that gain what most readers take to be its central image: a lonely path that we take at tremendos risk, possibly for great reward. So lucid is that image that many readers simply conclude that the poem is called ″The Road Less Traveled″ are extremely typical, and even accomplished critics routinely refer to the poem by its most famous line. But David Orr argues, the road not taken, of course, is the road one did not take – which means that the title