Essay on Short Story vs Poem

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Running head: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

Final Paper
Ashford University
Introduction to Literature
ENG 125
Date
Final Paper A short story and poem, no matter how structurally different are two literary pieces where a rich story is embedded. Readers are drawn towards these scripts by means of rhythm (poem), characterization, or a fictional setting in their respective narratives. However, the mere script would not make it entertaining enough. It would depend on the imagination of the readers as they are reading the literary script. Every reader has their own way of visualizing the descriptions and symbolism used by the author. The two literary pieces, “The Road Not Taken” which is a poem and the short story “Used to Live Here
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Apparently, the “two roads” in the story could mean a dilemma or two conflicting ideas that a person is dealing with. This could refer to any choice that the person is trying to make. Based on the poem, I can feel that Frost is trying to imply that the person is torn between two opportunities that he is facing. Further, there is another symbolism used to describe the two paths which is “in leaves no step had trodden black”. Black here could mean death, because of the context of the sentence where it was used. As the poem progresses, it was revealed that there was a more enticing path for the character which was “grassy and seemingly vibrant”, but doesn’t guarantee any certainty. Because of this, the other path is considered to be more appealing because it is safe and certain. But, the character in the poem was also bothered by the fact that people who passed by that path never came back. A decision was gradually revealed in the course of the poem, quite creatively. Before giving away the decision readily, the author presented a situation where the character was in front of the woods where he stayed “on the first for another day.” The author was able to creatively emphasize that it was the decision that the decision made was more inclined on the uncertain path, which was definitely more exciting. The ironic tone is set in this poem by this statement “I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence.” This statement

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