Analysis Of Robert Frost 's ' The Road Not Taken ' And Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

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Question 1.

Poetry relates implicitly or explicitly to a dramatic situation that is conveyed to the audience through the insight of the speaker’s state of mind. This can be seen in both of Robert Frost’s well-known poems “The Road Not Taken (1916)” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1923)”. A dramatic situation can be considered as: "a situation, in a narrative or dramatic work, in which people are involved in conflicts that solicit the audience 's empathetic involvement in their predicament." (Lyman A. Baker, 2000). Robert Frost portrays the weighing of choices in life that play an influential role in the difficult decision-making process. This is developed through key elements such as character (persona), setting, and conflict in addition to being reinforced by poetic techniques.

Poetry explores landscape as a way to establish a dramatic situation through the speaker’s mood. In the first line, Frost describes the wood through which the speaker travels. It is a “yellow wood”, which establishes the poem’s autumnal setting. He emphasizes the season by then mentioning the fallen leaves, which have not been disturbed. By setting the poem in the empty woods in autumn, Frost creates a sense of silence and of melancholy in the poem. The yellow wood could also refer to a season of renewal, where one has to make decisions at a particular stage in their life. The speaker is thus faced with two diverging paths, which he says he is there for…

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