What Are The Rhetorical Devices Used In The Road Not Taken

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The famous poem “The Road Less Travelled” by Robert Frost is short, simple and to the point. It follows a speaker on his walk through the quaint forest when he meets a fork in the road. The roads are analyzed and a choice is made that he is aware will affect the rest of his life. Frost uses many rhetorical devices in this poem, but the three big ones he uses are the speaker himself, the setting the poem takes place in, and lastly symbolism. All three of these are greatly represented in this beautiful poem about life choices.
The literary device of the speaker very much reflects the ambiance the author wanted to set for the poem. The speaker is a conflicted man and is very secretive, doesn’t give away much, very mysterious. What the reader does know is that he is facing a very momentous decision as symbolized by the two diverging roads ahead of him. Whether this is moving to a new home, or the text book mid-life crisis he is seeing it everywhere, even in nature. The speaker loves nature, obviously because he is wondering aimlessly in the woods. He is impulsive, because even though he contemplates the other road for a while, in a split second he chooses the other one, simply because it is less traveled. This could represent not taking the easy way out and getting
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Nature could possibly symbolize the speaker himself. The falling leaves and yellow woods show that he is travelling this wood sometime in the fall, and could possibly be in the fall of his life. He is running out of time. If oneself were to combine these two symbols together into this poem they could conclude that is representing a man in the back half of his life making a decision that will, in fact effect the rest of his life. In line five the speaker says that the woods are very thick, so thick that that a whole road can disappear into the undergrowth. This could represent the fogginess and unclearness of the speaker’s

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