Frost's The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost

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Robert Frost was a critically acclaimed American poet whose work revolutionized twentieth-century poetry. Born in 1874, Frost orchestrated a return to the older forms of Western lyric poetry focusing on a style that showcased the world naturally and conveyed messages that invoked real, human emotion (Fiero 358). This style is what set Frost apart from other poets of the time period, such as T.S. Eliot, who used allusions to help support their literature. As a result, Frost earned raving reviews from countless exceptional critics on his extraordinary use of imagery and language in his writing paving the way for Frost’s notoriety throughout the world. Robert Frost’s style, which was uncommon during the era he lived in, was a throwback to disciplined …show more content…
Arguably Frost’s most well-written poem, The Road Not Taken was “written in the rugged and direct language that became the hallmark of his mature style” (Fiero 358). This means that Frost wrote his poems in a way that did not use allusions to help get his point across instead opting for a style that gets right to the point and conveys a strong, important message. For example, in The Road Not Taken Frost writes, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I / I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference” (18-20). These lines are an excellent example of Frost’s direct language style which made waves throughout the twentieth-century. Frost did not need to use any allusions or references to convey the message, or lesson in this case. However, Robert Frost’s style did not rely on just rugged and direct language to capture the attention of his readers, he was also adept at using imagery to help create a picture and story for his poems. Referring back to The Road Not Taken, the lines “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (1), “To where it bent in the undergrowth” (5), and “Because it was grassy and wanted wear” (8) to help paint a picture of the setting and give the audience a better understanding of the dilemma

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