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Running Head: ANALYZING 1 Analyzing “The Road Not Taken” Jennifer Robinson ENG 125 – Introduction to Literature Instructor: Alessandra Cusimano June 17, 2013 RELATIVISM 2 Analyzing “The Road Not Taken” Literature has taken me on some of my most memorable journeys. I have been to the twelve districts of Panama, journeyed to the Yorkshire moors, and have witnessed some of the greatest love stories known to man through the written words of Shakespeare. The way that the authors choose to convey emotions, scenery, and characters through their words has always amazed me. It is this amazement hat makes me analyze the text and uncover the true meaning behind the author's words. In the poem “The Road Not Taken” you can almost feel a sense of regret from Robert Frosts’ words, which is why the biographical/historical approach is the best way to analyze Robert Frost’s words. This poem captured my interest because it is a classic situation that everyone has to deal with. The emotions portrayed are masterfully blended with the scenery that Frost lays out before our eyes. Using the biographical/historical approach this poem is stripped down and you see the common ground that is shared between all mankind; decision making. We have to make decisions everyday whether it is something as simple as “should drive to work or take the bus” or as difficult as “should I really buy this house”, we all have to go through the process. Frost paints the perfect picture of how when we decide to take the easy route there are consequences and the same goes for if we choose the hard route. In Frost’s poem he describes the two roads very vividly just like the variation between the choices we have to make. “Long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth. Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for RELATIVISM 3 that the passing there Had worn them really about the same” (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 7.5, para. 2). Analyzing “The Road Not Taken” Frost also writes, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 2.2, para. 4). When you look into his background, you see that he has taken the road that less travel. “Nothing went well for him, and he seemed to have a gift for failure only reduced to the verge of nothingness, and feeling completely without prospects, he turned more and more to his almost furtive writing of poetry, as a kind of consolation and found his knack for poetry” (oooooo). I think that we can all relate to making a choice and then wishing that we had the chance to choose over again. It is portrayed by frost when he writes, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 2.2, para. 1). When biographical/historical approach of analyzing this poem many of the questions presented in the textbook helped me to get a better understanding of the poem. While it is easy to take the path that is the easiest it may not be the best thing for us, because in the end what do you learn? Robert Frost’s poem “the road not taken” appealed to me because of the vision that he paints in the story that he is telling . The meaning to his words are tried and true, the things we choose to do in our lives lead us down two very different paths, one where we learn and grow, which is the road that is grassy and wants wear, or the easy road. RELATIVISM 4 References Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into Literature. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/books/AUENG125.10.2 Thompson, L. (1964). Robert Frost American Writers 2 : University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers No. 2. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ashford/Doc?id=10167156&ppg=9
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