These two poems, in my belief, are two of the most metaphoric & symbolic poems ever written which use a good deal of imagery to help us understand what the poets are trying to tell us. Although their structures differ, they both give us the same message between the lines. Herbert and Frost use similar themes because their sole purpose is to help us realize what we did in our past, what we’re doing now, and how to plan our near future.
Both poems use metaphors in a beautiful way. In Frost’s poem, for example, the road not taken is that road which most people are afraid to walk….the hard road. The road is ”grassy and wanted wear” (line 8), because nearly no one walks it. In ‘Life’, Herbert uses metaphors in a similar yet somewhat different way. As in Frost’s poem, the poet was thinking on what to do next … “I made a posy while the day went by” (line1). This shows us that we must know the present and the past to know our outcome of the near future.
The posy in ‘Life’ and the road in the ‘The road not taken’ are both symbolic. The posy symbolized the fact that the poet was gathering his thoughts in a sort of ‘chain of memories’. On the other hand, the road not taken symbolized both the fact that taking the hard road is the most rewarding and the fact that it’s easier to sin and walk away from God than to live one with Him and join him in heaven for eternity.
The imagery used in ‘Road not taken’ is in my opinion more beautifully explained than in ‘Life’. In the first line of Frost’s poem, the poet says. “two roads diverged in a yellow mood” and in the fifth line he says that he looked down the road “to where it bent in the undergrowth”. These two lines give us clear image in our mind that the scene takes place in forest in autumn where the traveler had to choose which of the two roads he would travel. In Herbert’s poem, you can only notice that the ‘story’ took place between dawn and noon in the line ‘by noon most cunningly did steal away’ (line...