Eudora Welty describes “The Worn Path” as being not so much on the life or death of the grandchild but more so on the journey itself. While the poem “Traveling Through the Dark” is a journey of thought that is more so on the journey to reach a decision than the decision itself. Therefore the process of the journey is more important than the outcome, due to the lessons it has to teach the reader and the development of the character. Both are faced with obstacles to overcome, that affect or influence them along their path, helping to find their identities. They also go through a process that define them as putting others before themselves, teaching valuable lessons and creating unique characteristics.
Similar to the idea of making choices on what path to take for the future, is a poem called The Road Not Taken. This poem perfectly depicts imagery on how one chooses a path to take. One can either choose the worn down path, the path which majority will take, or they can
He achieves this by making a summarizing statement about how people over 60 tend to reflect on life and the impact of their decisions. He shifts his focus to the overall significance of the piece when he declares, “Over 60 we are fascinated by the mystery of our life, why roads were taken and not taken, and our children encourage this as they develop a sense of family history” (98-101). Murray conveys to the audience that people over 60 often have the tendency to reflect on major events in their life and attempt to discover a reason for why they made they the life choices that they made. This allusion calls the Frost poem to mind without mentioning it explicitly. The author utilizes the rhetorical device to conclude his writing and synopsize its significance. “Road Not Taken” is a renowned poem by a famous American poet containing a message about life’s choices that is familiar to most people. Donald M. Murray uses the notoriety of the poem’s message to his advantage by alluding to it. In doing so, he emphasizes the similar message of his essay about how innocence causes blind decision making and the way in which people look back on those
In the poem “the Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the main character has to decipher two roads. The two roads have different outcomes, eventually chooses the harder path and resulted his/her best decision. The narrator sees a fork in the road. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” The two roads represent two decisions that will make the narrator have to decide. It connects to the statement because he/she first sees two decision. Finally, choosing a path, which in this case was the narrator’s best decision.
His word choice is a little bit unexpected and unfamiliar throughout the poem. Even in the first line “Let us go then, you and I…” is worded different
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 man must make an important decision regarding which path he will pursue. The speaker, on an impulse, decides to be daring, and take the road less traveled upon. He possibly chose the less taken road, frightened by the idea of missing out on something significant. However, the author predicts that he took the wrong path. In his opinion, he will regret his choices further down the road. He says he shall be telling his story with a sigh once the time is right. The path would negatively impact his future.
The road is considered to be a symbol of his multiple life decisions. When you first read the poem your first instinct is to think that the “traveler” just needs to pick a path to take; but it has a greater meaning. The fact that Frost chose to use this symbol to portray the message makes us have a clear idea of what he is going through. Towards the end of the poem, Frost shows signs of regret because of the road he chose, it shows us how in life a decision can really impact your life and can shape who you are as a person and what type of person you become. The use of symbolism in this poem is basically what leads you into understanding what it’s really trying to say. By the end of the poem, we have learned that the difficulty of choices is that sometimes you really have to let fate take the lead. The use of symbolism with the paths shows that it doesn’t matter which side has been taken more but which is the best one for you. Frost’s use of a metaphor and symbolism helps us clearly understand the meaning of the poem and what he is really trying to say.
In the first lines of the poem, Frost states, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood/And sorry I could not travel both” (Lines 1-2). Immediately, the idea is established that the speaker has to make a decision. Which road will the speaker take? This question sets the literal and metaphorical divergence in the woods that the speaker will have to face: both an actual path through the woods and the life decisions implied by it. The first extended metaphor of choice happens in these line: the chosen path is the chosen life choices. The speaker will have to choose a road to go down and one not to, presenting the first conflict of choice. He is faced with two different roads that each lead to a different outcome. The first choice he makes will affect all the other choices to
The first stanza offers a good insight into the theme of the poem. It is built up on statements which contradict each other. '[Thick] ' (l. 1) and '[thin] (l. 2), for example, are attributes used to illustrate love in comparison to forgetfulness. However, as
Throughout life, people are often faced with many decisions. Some of these decisions are easy to make, while others are excruciating, as they can be life altering. From a Christian’s perspective, however, people never have to make these decisions alone. God promises that he will never abandon his people, “Be strong and courageous. 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.
“Life is about choices. Some we regret, some we are proud of. Some will haunt us forever. The message: we are what we choose to be.” -Graham Brown. Two poems, “Choices” by Nikki Giovanni and “Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, is about facing decisions they must overcome. After lots of error and thought, they come to an impactful conclusion. Both narrators’ reflections on choices demonstrates how they are tricky to make but result in confidence and a further understanding, however, in contrast each are facing different types of decisions and outcomes;similarities are emphasized when both make their choice and learn from the experience, differences are shown through the perspective of each narrator’s situation.
However the author expressed himself by speaking about the road that he took, but the poem is called the Road Not Taken, Could it be that all this time Mr. Frost was speaking about the road he didn 't take? An article called "The Poem Everyone Loves And Everyone Gets Wrong" talks in behave of the poem 's title and give you fact of how the author came about the poem. The article states how the poem was originally called Two Roads. Frost then wanted to challenge readers and ask them self question as of what was the poets ideas, what did the author want to tell the readers. "The Road less Traveled" its "The Road Not Taken", and the road not taken of course it 's the road he did not take; which means that the title passes over the "less traveled" road the speaker claims to have followed in order to foreground the road he never tried". The article also clarifies that "The title isn 't about what he did; it 's about what he didn 't do or is it"? The article still leave us with the thought of , did the poem take the road less traveled by or did he want to take the road less traveled by but didn 't? It seem as if frost never traveled anywhere and predicted he did. When he expressive the last thought of the road less travelled, Mr. Frost stated how he would love to tell the story of The Road
The chosen poem has confused audiences literally from the beginning. The complication with understanding of "The Road Not Taken" starts, appropriately enough, with its title. 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
In “The Road Not Taken” a traveler goes to the woods to find himself and make a decision based on self-reliance. The setting of the poem relays this overall message. Providing the mood of the poem, the setting of nature brings a tense feeling to “The Road Not Taken”. With yellow woods in the midst of the forest, the setting “combines a sense of wonder at the beauty of the natural world with a sense of frustration as the individual tries to find a place for himself within nature’s complexity” (“The Road Not Taken”). The setting is further evidence signifying the tense and meditative mood of the poem as well as in making choices. Each year after summer, a herd of all things new descends upon the planet. New school year, new trees, and new choices are all among this herd of novelty. At the beginning of the poem, Robert Frost references “a yellow wood”. This “suggests that the poem is set in autumn...woods...full of trees that had grown after older ones had been decimated” (Robinson); just as one forest replaces another, there are two choices, and the traveler, only able to make one, decimates the other (Robinson). Additionally, “defining the wood with one feature prefigures one of the essential ideas of the poem: the insistence that a single decision can transform a life” (Robinson). This one feature, the yellow leaves, and in it the sole definition of
“Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim” are verses where we can clearly see that this is a decision in to which he is putting a lot of thought. Throughout the poem, we learn that there are two paths to take, but the traveler, who we suppose is Robert Frost, is uncertain of which one to take. We learn that this is really a life decision, and not just a choice between two paths. Towards the end, there is a drastic change of the indecisive tone to a tone of regret.