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Allegory is related to symbolismbut it takes a form of narrative in which people

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The_Road_Not_Taken Allegory is related to symbolismbut it takes a form of narrative in which people

Allegory is related to symbolism but it takes a form of narrative in which people, places, and events in

    the surface story have symbolic meaning. Consider the use of allegory in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not

    Taken”:

     The Road Not Taken

    Robert Frost

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

    And sorry I could not travel both

    And be one traveler, long I stood

    And looked down one as far as I could

    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just fair,

    And having perhaps the better claim,

    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

    Though as for that, the passing there

    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay

    In leaves no step had trodden black.

    Oh, I kept the first for another day!

    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh

    Somewhere ages and ages hence:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I

    I took the one less travelled by,

    And that has made all the difference.

The persona in the above poem narrates the experiences of a traveller but the road that the poem

    describes is an allegory for a central human problem the inevitable necessity to make choices. The persona indicates that his or her decision to take a risk by making a choice that is different from other

    people has made a great difference in his or her life

    Best Answer - Chosen by Voters The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

     And sorry I could not travel both

    And be one traveler, long I stood

    And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

    In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by,

    And that has made all the difference. ***

The Road Not Taken: Use of Literary Devices

"The Road Not Taken", written by Robert Frost, is a poem that has four

    five-line stanzas with only two end rhymes in each stanza (abaab). Several

    kinds of literary devices can be found in the poem. One of the literary

    devices employed is antithesis.

The first stanza of the poem describes a traveler who comes to a fork in

    a road through a "yellow wood" and wishes he could "travel both" routes, but at the same time he

    realizes that the thought of traveling both roads is impractical and therefore rejects it. In the second stanza, the traveler says the other road has "perhaps the better

    claim/because it was grassy and wanted wear," implying that this road is "less

    traveled by." And then he contradicts his own judgment by saying that "Though as

    for that the passing there/had worn them really about the same." In the third stanza,

    he comes up with the idea of saving the first, (perhaps) more traveled route for

    another day, but then he sees that he's most likely not going to return, and

    therefore, probably will never have the chance to travel the more traveled route in

    the future. The line "Because it was grassy and wanted wear, in the third stanza is

    an example of personification because the poet says that the road "wanted wear"

    while we all know that a road can not think and would not have any desire at all.

The poet has also used imagery as a literary device: "Two roads diverged

    in a

    yellow wood" (from the first stanza), and "And both that morning equally lay/in

    leaves no step had trodden black" (from the third stanza) to create a picture in the

    reader's mind.

    The literal meaning of the poem is that a traveler who came to a fork in a road in a

    yellow wood and couldn't decide on which road to take but finally chose to take the

    one that seemed less traveled by. The figurative theme of the poem is the crucial

    nature of the choices people must make on the road of life. The story took

    place in

    a yellow wood in the morning time. The tone of the poem is gloomy because the

    traveler laments the possibilities that the necessity of making a choice leaves

unfulfilled, as we can see from the words used in the poem such as "sorry"

and

"sigh."

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