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Poem Explication Essay

727 words - 3 pages

Teresa Yang 
ENG 155: 
Introduction to Literature 
March 26, 2015 
An Extended Metaphor: 
Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” 
In Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”, it explores the aspects of human 
decisions and choices, corresponding to an oxymoron because choices that impacts so little 
should bear the most indifference, but instead it is the most complicated. It is shown through 
several different techniques such as metaphors, symbolism, repetition, and his writing style. 
Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco but soon moved to 
Pennsylvania (Robert). His dad died when he was around the age of eleven years old. Frost 
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“The Road Not Taken” consist of four stanzas with five lines and eight to ten syllables. 
It has a rhyme scheme of ABAAB. The ending rhyme word for each line is masculine. For 
example, “wood”, “stood”, and “could” in the first stanza. The masculine end rhymes goes 
throughout the entire poem.  Consonance and assonance are used throughout as shown in 
the third stanza and last stanza: “Yet knowing how way leads on to way” and “And that has 
made all the differences” (Frost). Repetition is also shown. The word “and” starts out lines 2­4, 
7, 11, and 20. In line 17, it states “Somewhere ages and ages hence” which includes 
repetition. Just like a song, this poem has rhythm. It has an iambic tetrameter base which 
includes a quiet syllable before a loud syllable.  
There are a lot of symbolism and metaphors that are illustrated in “The Road Not 
Taken.” The title is a symbolizes that there is no right path but the road chosen and the one 
not chosen. Throughout this poem, the paths/roads are a metaphor for the different choices 

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