ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Jared Kline
August 26, 2012
Poetry is something that comes from within. All poets have been through something or know someone who has. When we make decisions in life it’s like taken the road less traveled by everyone else. You want to be that leader, and do what no one else would or could do. This is my take on the poem, “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost.
The poem I chose to analyze was, “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost (1916). The thing I found interesting about this poem, is that he did take the road less traveled. He didn’t know if he would take that road and not be in any danger. He felt the need to explore that road and wonder “what if.” He wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. All he knew is that he wanted to travel the road that everyone else wouldn’t.
The engaging factor about this poem is that he had made up his mind and was satisfied with his decision. He knew he wanted to do it, and he did. He said, “yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.” Now that saying let the readers know that he didn’t plan on doing it twice. His point was how I know what to expect if I don’t ever try.
The form of this poem is original and easy to follow as well as understanding. The language is in English, very simple and to the point. The content is suspenseful. We don’t know exactly what happened after his journey down this road. We do know the road leads through a wooded area. We know this based on him saying, “Two roads diverged in a wood.”
It seems like he was making a choice in life as well. In life we have to make difficult decisions all the time. He associated his choice of which road to take with what road he should take in life. Will it be the road to success or the road to destruction? He didn’t know, but after his choice he was satisfied as in life, he is a successful poet and award...