Robert Frost Figurative Language

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The two poems “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” written by Robert Frost are seemingly simple poems written about man and nature. However, upon deeper reflection one can see that there is more than meets the eye in these two poems. While both poems are noteworthy, there are similarities and differences in how the poems are interpreted, use figurative language, and are structured. The poems are very different and similar in their interpretation. Frost shows to use the same point of view in both poems. The use of “I” as a first person voice is demonstrated in the poem “Road” in the line “I doubted if I should ever come back.” In “Stopping,” Frost wrote “Whose woods these are I think I know” which again shows the…show more content…
In “Road,” Frost personifies the roads by saying “Then took the other, as just as fair,/ And having perhaps the better claim”. In “Stopping,” Robert Frost chose to personify the woods because they “fill up,” “To watch his woods fill up with snow.” Another example of figurative language Robert Frost uses in both poems is an extended metaphor. He communicates that life (and the choices we have to make) want the more common choices to be made, “... it was grassy and wanted wear,”. In “Stopping,” I see Frost’s extended metaphor when he talks about the horse, “He gives his harness bells a shake/ to ask if there is some mistake.” The last figurative language both poems use are alliteration. He uses it in the first stanza of “Road,” “And sorry I could not travel both/ And be one traveler, long I stood/ And looked down one as far as I could...”. In “Stopping,” Frost uses alliteration cleverly in the first stanza by using “whose and his,” “Whose woods these are I think I know./ His house is in the village, though;/ He will not see me stopping here…” Last is structure of the poems. Frost uses end rhyme, the titles, and stanzas to build his poems the way he did. He used end rhyme in “Road” in every stanza, “... in a yellow wood/ ...., long I stood/…, as just as fair,/… and wanted wear,/… the passing there/...equally lay/… for another day!/… leads on to way/… with a sigh/…, and I,...” In “Stopping,” Frost uses
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