In 1916, A Poet By The Name Of Robert Frost

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In 1916, a poet by the name of Robert Frost released a book of poems entitled, Mountain Interval. In this book was written, "The Road Not Taken", a poem that has been my favorite since I first read it in third grade. When I first read the poem I was captivated by the fact that it was a sort of adventurous poem. The speaker was a traveler and had come to a fork in the road and had chosen to take the least traveled road. To a third grader this was adventurous, but as I continued to grow and make my own decisions, I kept looking to this poem and finding that it was similar to my life. I never took the more popular road. I took the least traveled road and at times I even forged my own. So, throughout my life I have looked at and reevaluated the meaning of this poem and why it means so much to me. After many years of learning and tripping over my mistakes I now believe that Robert Frost used rhyme and imagery to expand on one of the basic human rights, being free to make our own choices in life. "The Road Not Taken" was written in a way to suggest that the rhyme scheme is present for order, but does not convey ideas in a linear fashion. I have been able to separate the poem into four sets of five lines each. Within each set is a rhyme scheme of A, B, A, A, B. Of course the rhyme itself changes with each new set. Lets look at the first set: 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; (line 1-5) Now in this set we can see the rhyme scheme in action and as I start to but the A's with the A's, and the B's with the B's, we find that the rhyme scheme starts to fall apart. The A's do go together, and it goes something like this Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could These work and sound ok. As I try the B's you see how there is an actual jumble in the scheme. And sorry I could not travel both To where it bent in the undergrowth; As you see here this makes absolutely no sense. I could go on and show how this goes on, but take my word for it, it is jumbled up. Sometimes it makes sense and other times it does not. In order to set up my idea that this poem is about the basic human right to freedom of choice, I must explain the poem in my own words. The words of Robert Frost create imagery that has helped me to understand and fall in love with this poem. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, This is the actual point of decision that is available for the traveler. It also sets the scene for the whole poem. At this point we know where the roads are, the color of the woods, the approximate time of the year, and how many roads. And sorry I could not...

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