Poetry Essay, the Road Not Taken

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The Road Not Taken: Poetry Essay

COURSE AND TITLE: ENGL 102: Literature and Composition





Thesis statement: The symbolic setting, title, content and metrical devices support the poem’s (The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost) overall meaning.


Title “Poetry Essay”

I. Introduction

A. The influence of decision making process in human life.

B. The problem faced by the speaker in the poem.

II. Body

A. Theme

B. Symbolic setting

C. Significance of the title

D. Rhyme scheme and metrical devices

III. Conclusion

A. The lyrical elements of the poem

B. All the
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Rhyme scheme and metrical devices

The poem consists of four stanzas, strictly limited to five lines in each stanza. Besides, each stanza consists of two end rhymes (say, abaab). To be specific, the rhyme scheme of the poem is abaab: first stanza, cdccd: second stanza, efeef: third stanza and ghggh: fourth stanza. Imagery is another literary device used by the poet. For instance, the description of roads in the first stanza and the roads in the third stanza helps the reader to create his or her own image. Besides, the author makes use of alliteration (/w/ sound in the word ‘wanted’) in the poem. The poem’s tone is gloomy and confusing because the reader is unable to identify the poet’s mentality (optimistic or pessimistic). To be specific, the rhyme scheme and other metrical devices support the poem’s overall meaning because the poem reflects the speaker’s feelings (lyric poem).

Summing, Robert Frost makes use of a simple theme in his poem (say, decision making in life). At the same time, the setting of the poem is symbolic and can be interpreted in different ways. The title (The Road Not Taken) carries double meaning because it is applicable to both the roads diverging into the woods. The content is simple but philosophical because it deals with human life and the importance of making choices. In short, the poem can be termed as one of the best examples for lyric poem and all the elements support its overall

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