The Road Not Taken Metaphors

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There are countless periods in life when one forced to make a decision, and the choices one decides in life hinders the outcome of our future. The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is the best poem in the world as it symbolizes the hardships and struggles we, as humans, are demanded to face in order to arrive at our final destination. The poem also conceals an underlying message; one road is not necessarily the right choice. The use of metaphors, symbols, and imagery assist the author in provoking his idea with clarity.

Firstly, the entire poem is an extended metaphor symbolizing the importance of one’s decisions. The use of metaphors assists in clarifying the process of decision making. In stanza 1- 4, Frost compares the process of
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In the first stanza, the phrase “Two roads diverge in a yellow wood” (The Road Not Taken, line 1) contains evoking, descriptive language. Readers automatically visualize a road that splits into two completely different paths, referring to the choices provided. The word “yellow” illustrates the atmosphere of the setting as bright and sunny, depicting the sense of sight while the word “morning” sets the time of day. In the quote “In leaves no step had trodden black” as well as “Because it was grassy and wanted wear” (The Road Not Taken, line 8), both depict the fresh new leaves, free from sod or dirt. It also assists the readers in visualizing that the poem is taken place in the Spring or Autumn, as the leaves have fallen to the ground. Furthermore, the quote “I shall be telling this with a sigh” (The Road Not Taken, line 16), provides an auditory imagery as though the author has chosen a path that he regrets, however, through the next phrases “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” (The Road Not Taken, line 19-20) it is confirmed that Frost is disappointed of the events he has unfortunately missed while taking the path that he has taken, as he emphasizes the road he did not take. The use of imagery assists Frost in conveying his

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