He thinks very deeply about how the choice of picking a path could affect the rest of his life, and how he might look back on his decision later in life. Because the narrator is out in the forest alone, and by the end believes he took the path “less traveled by,” he’s is an independent nonconformist. Imagery is very important in “The Road Not Taken” because the narrator is describing the setting for most of the poem. Much of the imagery is visual, however, there is a little auditory imagery when he says, “I shall be telling this with a sigh,” in the first line of the last stanza. The paths that divide in the forest are portrayed as fair, grassy, about equally worn, and covered in leaves.
Imagery was the first main literary element in the poem. “Then leaf subsides to leaf” and “So Eden sank to grief” are some examples of imagery in this poem. “Then leaf subsides to leaf” in my opinion, means that the leaves have calmed down. I imagine leaves falling slowly and gracefully onto the ground. “So Eden sank to grief” means that Eden or someone else has become sad or depressed.
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
The Poem “The Poet” by Tom Wayman is a poem that takes the reader through the physical characteristics of your average poet. The entirety of the “The Poet” consists of a list of 14 descriptors that could be used to describe the typical poet. Each of the descriptive phrases seems to be negative towards the unknown poet that he is talking about. Although the poem seems quite literal, a figurative message is portrayed though text, tone, structure and the literary devices used in the poem. To start off, the specific word usage that Wayman chose to use gives off the impression that poets have their drawbacks.
A poem is often distinguished from other forms of writing as an “art of rhythmical composition ... for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts,” (Dictionary.com). Poets use a variety of literary devices to express their emotions and portray what they are perceiving. In the poem, “Crossing the Swamp”, Mary Oliver uses alliteration, tone, and imagery to manifest in the reader's mind the emotions she felt as she crossed the swamp. Alliteration within this poem is used to offer emphasis on perspectives that the swamp is being viewed through. Mary Oliver alliterated the words branching, burred, belching, bogs, peerless, pale, fooothold, fingerhold, hipholes, hummocks as wells as sink and silently within the first half of the poem.
His use of Romanticism and description of Nature portrays the significance of inner journeys and its possibility to change how an individual thinks about something. Coleridge was disappointed and frustrated that he couldn 't go on the adventure. The poet’s remark, ‘they are gone, and here I must remain/ this lime-tree bower my prison’ shows how he felt confined, not able to go anywhere as if he was stuck in a prison. He highlights his feeling of entrapment and seclusion evoking feelings of pity and sympathy from the readers. His situation triggers Coleridge’s imaginative journey where he begins imagining the adventure that his friends were experiencing.
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). This metaphor presents the path as a expedition through life, and the writer wishes he could travel both paths, but is forces to choose one path. The diverging path represents the choices one most confront in life 's journey, and the reader, just as the traveler, in the poem is faced with the realization that there are two choices and the importance of the decision. Also, what needs to be taken into account is that a lot of decisions are made without knowing the
One of the most salient metaphors in the poem is the fork in the road. Frost describes the split as, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both (“The Road Not Taken,” lines 1-2). This fork is a metaphor for a situation in one’s life where a decision needs to be made. Furthermore, this fork in the road represents the pause that all must take when presented with
Poetry Analysis Poetry has been around for a very long time, and although it is often cherished and loved, we as readers do not understand what the meaning behind a poem really is. This is focused on in the short poem, “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins. In his work the speaker of the poem uses the poetic elements: diction, figurative language, and imagery. The speaker uses diction, through the choice of words to create the connotation, or how the words affect you. The speaker uses figurative language to help us easily understand what we as readers do, by comparison between unalike items.
In this poem we come to realize that life is a combination of decisions and fate. The two paths symbolize the life of the traveler and all his life decisions. This poem expresses life, because in life, there are important decisions that in some instances can make a really big change, sometimes it’s hard to find your way out of something, and there are many possible ways you can do it. “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.