ENGL 102: Literature and Composition
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22 April 2012
Analysis of Robert Frost's “The Road Not Taken”
Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road not Taken” is a lyrical poem that describes the author’s thoughts when he comes to a fork in the road and the difficult decision of which path to take. It is a closed form poem with a rhyming scheme of “ABAAB” with 4 stanzas of 5 lines each. The fork in the road symbolizes decisions individuals make in life. With his used of mood, symbolism, setting, and imagery, Robert Frost describes the dilemma of decision ...view middle of the document...
” These subtle differences can also affect the decision individuals make in life as well. When an individual is presented the question to follow Christ, it may come down to something as simple as a look or smile. A person can be asked to repent multiple times from individuals and may eventually say yes due to a seemingly inconceivable reason. Matthew 7:21, ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Frost creates a dilemma in the 3rd stanza when he establishes that the author will never travel down the other road. “I doubted if I should ever come back.” The author realizes that this decision will more than likely bring on more decisions or other forks in the road. “Yet knowing how way leads on to way.” This can easily be found when an individual is making poor life choices. When an individual decides to take drugs or commit a crime it will more often than not lead to further questionable decisions or forks in the road and never allowing the individual to go back to where it started. This also can be seen when an individual repents and is truly born again. If true conversion has taken place than they will be tested, but the decision has been made and there is no turning back. James 1:2-4 states, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.