Elements in "The Road Not Taken" Essay

710 Words May 5th, 2001 3 Pages
In the poem "The Road Not Taken", author Robert Frost uses the simple image of a road to represent a person's journey through life. A well-established poet, Frost does a proficient job of transforming a seemingly common road to one of great importance, which along the way helps one identify who they really are. This poem is one of self-discovery. Frost incorporates strong elements of poetry such as theme, symbolism, rhyme scheme, diction, imagery, and tone to help create one of his most well known pieces about the human experience. The main theme of the poem that Frost attempts to convey is how important the decisions that one makes can be, and how they affect one's future. In lines 2-3, he expresses the emotions of doubt and …show more content…
Along with the order of the poem, Frost makes good use of diction to help express a feeling of seriousness by using more scholarly words. Instead of simply stating that one of the roads was less worn, he specifies that it was not "trodden". Frost also gives a more vivid description of the road by describing how it "diverged", rather than saying that it split or separated. Through the choice of articulate diction, this element helps Frost better describe the images of the poem. Frost clearly uses these strong images to help portray the setting of the poem. The woods that surround the roads are described as "a yellow wood". The main path was "bent in the undergrowth" (5); while the path that the speaker chose was still "grassy" from not being traveled on. At the end of the poem the speaker is looking back on the decision of which road they chose, and is said to be "telling this with a sigh" (16), to help make the ending more dramatic, while adding to it‘s tone. This also expresses how the speaker realizes their own limitations as a human, because there is no way that one can go back in time and see how life could be different had they chosen the other road. The serious tone of the poem helps to reinforce the theme of how important choices are, and that people make choices that affect their lives everyday.
Frost creatively uses these elements of poetry to show how this simple scene in nature can symbolize so much to a

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