Analysis Of ' The Road Not Taken ' Essay

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Libby Rianda
English 102-3008
Instructor: Cheryl Cardoza
October 12, 2015
What choice will you make?
Poem Comparison: Robert frost and Stevie Smith In the Poems “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Not Waving But Drowning” by Stevie Smith, they both talk about their struggles and situations in life. In the first poem, Frost (the speaker) has come to a fork in the path in the woods. The speaker becomes unsure which path to take and wants to go both ways. He eventually chooses the path that is less worn, but soon starts to re-think his decision. In the second poem “Not Waving But Drowning,” Smith describes a man who begins to complain that he is further out (in the ocean), and rather than waving at the people on shore, he drowns. The people on shore remark how the speaker’s death was a shame, because he was a joyful person. However, the dead man tells the people that he has been drowning his whole life. Both of these poems explain how life choices and experiences ultimately determine the path of an individual’s future. First, each poem displays multiple metaphors that heighten the overall theme of life choices and the path towards a person’s future. In “The Road Not Taken” the speaker (Frost) describes both roads, he states “long I stood… And looked down one as far as I could… To where it bent in the undergrowth” (Frost, 137). This excerpt can be seen as the roads being a metaphor for the future. When the speaker examines both roads but cannot see beyond the…

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