THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Title – Symbolism – “The Road Not Taken”: ‘road’ is symbolic of physical journeys which lead to inner change/inner journeys.
Extended Metaphor – The poem is an extended metaphor for life, choices, and the different journeys you will undergo, which lead to inner growth.
Imagery – The use of “the yellow wood” image allows us to paint a vivid image in our mind of the setting.
Tone – 2nd line: the tone is one of regret, he wishes he could travel both paths and learn from both journeys.
Rhyme Pattern: ABAAB – The 1st, 3rd and 4th lines rhyme and the 2nd and 5th line rhyme.
Repetition of “and” – The repletion of ‘and’ in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th line shows hesitation in choose a journey. He doesn’t know which journey will allow him the most growth. Unkown.
1st person “I” – Makes the poem more personal, we feel like have gone on the journey with him, we have grown with him and we “regret” with him.
Ellipsis (one sentence is divided between 2 stanzas) – The ellipsis gives us a feeling of hesitation, we are hesitant to journey because we don’t know what will happen, but it will be beneficial.
2nd line, 2nd stanza – “Perhaps”: The use of the word ‘perhaps’ shows there is some thought going into the decision, there is a sense of uncertainty. ‘Perhaps’ also shows us he is considering the positives and negatives of both paths. Journeys are not meant to be taken lightly.
Tone of finality – The tone of finality shows us he has finally made a decision, he is ready to go on a journey.
Tone of hope “I kept the first for another day!” – He is hopeful he will come back and do the 2nd journey at some point.
The exclamation mark “!” – Shows excitement.
Tone of despair (realization) Last line, 3rd stanza – He has realized that he won’t be able to return, he chooses either one path or another.
1st line, last stanza – Future Tense – This use of future tense suggests/foreshadows the outcome; he has some regrets.
Direct Quote – “sigh” – Shows...