Road Not Taken Rhyme Scheme

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An Analysis of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost DRAFT The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is one about making decisions. The poem artistically represents the choices that people face and make every day and the thought process behind these choices. The poem is made up of four stanzas with five lines each. The poem follows the rhyme scheme of ABAAB: wood, stood, could. The poem is short one but does not take away from its powerful meaning. Robert Frost is known for writing poems that portray symbolism and imager using nature, this one is no exception. The speaker, who represents anyone faced with a decision, is confronted with a conflict right from the start of the poem. He is traveling alone through the woods when he arrives at…show more content…
The speaker then goes back and corrects himself and says that actually both paths are really the same. Both paths have not been traveled lately and either could lead the same way. The speaker searches for a logical reason to sway him towards one path. Although the choices and the decision are not stated the speaker comes to a decision and persuades himself that he has made the right choice. The speaker considers the fact that perhaps in the future he will travel the other path given the same choice again by stating, “Oh, I kept the first for another day”, but realizes that it is unlikely (line 13). In the last stanza, the speaker makes a transition from past to future tense, “I shall be telling this with a sigh”, he imagines himself in the future reminiscing on his life (line16). When looking back on life it is either because of pride or regret. The word “sigh” in line sixteen suggests the speaker feels regret. Even the title itself, “The Road Not Taken”, expresses that the speaker is regretful of not taking the other road. The title of the poem is often mistakenly called “The Road Less Traveled” which would have given the poem a sense of rebellion instead of individualism (). The last line, “And it has made all the difference,” tells the reader that the choice made, even though it is regretful, has made the speaker’s life all the more better (line

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