Breaking Down Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Via Figurative Language
Figurative language is something that every English student comes upon throughout he or she’scareer. Before one begins to decipher the figurative language in a poem or a story, the student may see the writer as having an unimportant topic and quite crazy. Of recent in AP Literature, we have been reading poetry, breaking down the sonnets, and then coming to a conclusion of the meaning using figurative language. This is what I will do in this essay. One of my personal favorite poems is written by Robert Frost and is entitled, “The Road Not Taken.” This is a poem that I believe is worth living by and has a different meaning to each reader.
In the title of the poem and even the first line, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” one very big statement is made, which is the two roads that the narrator is put in front of. In reality, this person was not in a forest trying to make their way home, they were probably making a great decision in their life. This can be the choice between following your dreams or simply doing what comes easy to you, following the path your friends set out for you or to fabricate your own path, and even the choice of whether you want to live your lifewith strong faithful morals or become an immoral person. One may not think that the choice between two different roads could have such an outcome, but in life one could make all of the difference. For instance, if you could choose to head down the path towards drugs, stealing, and immorality, or you could choose to head down a deeply spiritual life with supportive friendships and a clean lifestyle. This is not something that we usually think about when we come to a fork in the road, but the way we take could make all the difference in the outcome of our lives.
Another idea that comes up throughout the poem is the concept of the traveler. In the poem there is someone who is traveling through the forest, but this...