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The Road Not Taken Essay

  • Submitted by: iwananmo
  • on August 12, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 617 words

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Below is an essay on "The Road Not Taken" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

Written Analysis:
Q2 (a): What is the poem about?
The protagonist stumbles upon two similar paths in the road while walking through a yellow wood. He considers both paths and decides that both paths are appealing and looked used. After picking a path, he comforts himself by thinking that he will come back to this fork some day able to try the other path. However, he realizes that it is unlikely as it is impossible for him to arrive back at the same spot as the path he chose will simply lead to other forks in the road. He ends on a nostalgic note, wondering whether it would have been different had he chosen the other path.

The main message of the poem is fear of regret. He uses words like ‘sorry’, ‘perhaps’ and ‘doubted’ which empathizes the fact that the protagonist is not confident about his choices, as he fears that he is missing out on something.

Q2 (b): What are the main literary devices used in the poem? What is the effect achieved by the poet?
The main literary devices he used were onomatopoeia, imagery, symbolism, personification and rhyming.
He states from line 16, ‘sigh’ which means he uses onomatopoeia.
The word ‘sigh’ in stanza 4 emphasizes the traveler’s depression on the decision’s outcome he made, as he is fearful of making a wrong choice.
He states from lines 1 and 11-12 ‘two roads diverged in a yellow wood’ ‘And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black.’ Which means he uses imagery.
The quote gives an impression to the reader on what is the traveler’s current situation and aids in his visualization of the message the poet is trying to portray to the reader.
He also uses symbolism, which is the path in the yellow wood.
The road symbolizes the choices the traveler has to make in life for progressing and continuing on.
He states that (line 8)"Because it was grassy and wanted wear" which means he uses personification.
This is an example of personification because we know that a road could not want wear or...

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