2nd chosen poem- Frost

28 10 2007

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, 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 that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:          4 stanzas with 5 lines          All lines are capitalized, no variation in length or indention          ABAAB          Iambic, 4 meters, some anapests

          Strict form, narrative or lyrical poem- able to relate to the reader, reader becomes the narrator

          Use of imagery and description to place the reader          Rhyme scheme plays with idea of straight roads/paths          Poem is about choice of paths in life and decisions

          Use of capitalization in the first word

          Very steady sound and use of words

          Lot of punctuation at the end of lines very little enjambment



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28 10 2007
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