“The Road Not Taken”: The Best Poem in the World
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” – Edgar Allan Poe.
Poetry is not easy to write. It takes time, effort, and knowledge to create a great poem that will be remembered over time. Being able to find the right words and a balance of rhythm is a gift. Throughout the centuries there have been many famous poets, who have written many famous poems. There is much debate over which poem is the best. However, there is ample evidence to support that “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is the best poem in the world. It contains a deep life lesson about making your own choices and choosing your own path. To express this theme, an abundance of poetic techniques are used. Robert Frost captures your attention with symbolism, sound devices and connotative language. These devices work together to enhance the overall meaning of the poem.
Symbolism is very evident throughout “The Road Not Taken”. A symbol is defined as a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract (“Oxford Dictionary”). In this case the most apparent symbol is the two roads, representing the choices we make in life. In the poem, Frost writes: “And looked down one as far as I could/… Then took the other, as just as fair” (4-6). He talks about the roads looking the same; this is similar to our choices. In life, there may be the choice of two paths, they may seem like they will have the same outcome in the end or they may look equally as difficult to go through. Similar to the speaker in the poem, we don’t know where either path will lead until we chose one and follow it. Frost also writes: “Because it was grassy and wanted wear” (8). In this line he is talking about one of the roads. It has not been walked on as much as the other has; there is not a beaten path to follow. The beaten path represents the choice that everyone else makes; the grassy path represents your own choice....