Simplicity in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”


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Simplicity in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
“The Road Not Taken” is a deceptively simple poem employing uncomplicated words, iambic tetrameter and a rhyme scheme of ABAAB. Despite its simplicity, the literary devices employed support the mood and theme of the poem. The rhythm moves like a person walking through the woods and the rhyme scheme evokes a feeling of inevitability. The speaker walks on a road through the forest and upon coming to a fork in the road, pauses in indecision. The speaker stands for a long time in thought before he proceeds. The road and the forest are metaphors of life and the theme hinges around life choices and nostalgia. Though stylistically unpretentious, an investigation of the symbols, mood, and theme...
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.....the speaker’s walk through the forest, but also through his life. The rhythm intimates the speaker’s confidence in his youth, but also his apprehension in his maturity. The mood of “The Road Not Taken” is heavy like a difficult decision. The words chosen are mostly monosyllabic and powerful, like the inevitability of destiny. The two main symbols of the road and the wood indicate one’s path and the complexity of life, respectively. The mood and the symbols employed in “The Road Not Taken” reinforce the powerful theme of how one thinks about one’s life. How one lives in the past to the detriment of the present.
Works Cited
Frost, Robert. The Poetry of Robert Frost. Ed. Edward
Connery Lathem. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967. Print.