Analysis Of Robert Frost 's ' The Road Not Taken ' Essay

1075 Words Jan 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Two Roads in Life
“Two roads diverged into a yellow wood,” Robert Frost uses this to open up one of his most famous pieces of Literature. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost published in 1916 and it was the first poem in the collection, Mountain Interval. Through research done by the staff at The Harriet, they were able to find this poem was loosely based on an experience Frost and a fellow friend shared together. Frost and Edward Thomas would frequently have in-depth conversations while walking through the woods near their houses. Frost was inspired to write this poem because of Thomas’s indecisiveness of joining World War I. Thomas had two roads to go choose, and the ability to choose the correct path to go in life is daunting.
Throughout each stanza, Frost uses various metaphors and imagery words to describe and paint a vivid picture of Thomas indecisiveness to choose a path. And relates it to how everybody goes through this same feeling when contemplating choosing a certain path.
A “Metaphor is a figure of speech which makes an implicit, implied or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated but share some common characteristics. In other words, a resemblance of two contradictory or different objects is made based on a single or some common characteristics” (Literarydevices.net). Frost even opens the poem up with a metaphor; “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (Frost). He is trying to show the symbolism between the yellow wood of the trees around him and…

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