Essay about Robert Frost 's The Road Not Taken

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Close Reading of Robert Frost 's "The Road Not Taken"
Throughout the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken," rhyme and rhythm are carefully used to emphasize specific segments of the poem. This poem consists of four stanzas, also known as quintains, with five lines each. After carefully analyzing the poem, I found the rhyme scheme in each quintain to be ABAAB. For example, lines 1, 3, and 4 all end with words that rhyme. Consecutively, the words that end those lines in particular are: "wood," "stood," and "could" (lines 1-4). Consistent with the ABAAB pattern of the poem, the words "both" and "undergrowth" that end lines 2 and 5 rhyme as well. The rhyme form does indeed continue through the last three stanzas as well. The rhythm of the poem is also of paramount importance, because it allows the words to adequately flow through the rhymes. Since "The Road Not Taken" consists of one or two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable, the rhythm is iambic. More specifically, the poem is in iambic tetrameter because each line of the poem consists of four distinct beats, also known as feet. In line 6, we read "then took the other, as just as fair," and clearly the words "took . . . other . . . just . . . fair" together serve as the four stressed syllables (feet) of that line. Typical poems consist of five feet per line, and this poem has four feet. The unconventional path of the narrator is quite similar to the unconventional rhythm of the poem.
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