Man goes through many journeys and adventures within their lifetime, whether they are a mental or physical journey. Through out this journey there are instants where choices between alternate paths have to be made- the route man decides to take is not always an easy one to determine. Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. In Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”, the narrator has to choose between two rural paths and decided to follow the trail that was less traveled, even though he described them as similar. Frost wanted to tell his readers that occasionally it is necessary to create one’s own course. With rhyme, imagery, and alliteration, Frost could get the meaning of the poem across to his readers.
A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more different words and is most often used in poetry and songs. The word "rhyme" may also refer to a short poem, such as a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes. In the poem, every stanza has only two end rhymes. Shown in the first stanza, the words “wood”, “stood”, and “could” rhyme while the words “both” and “undergrowth” rhyme in a different form. This pattern continues in every stanza. Robert Frost purposely used rhyme to get the readers attention and aid them to remember what he is trying to inform them. In addition to rhyme, Frost also used imagery to assist his readers to comprehend the theme of “The Road Not Taken”.
Imagery is used in literature to refer to descriptive language that evokes sensory experience. With all five senses (hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell), anyone can imagine a perfect scene with every detail. In Frost’s poem, the narrator specifies about the appearance of the roads. “And both that morning equally lay/In leaves no step had trodden black” (Frost). With the...