Let Me Die A Young Man's Death, By Roger Mc Gough, The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost, And Where The Sidewalk Ends, By Shel Silverstein

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A vast number of poets choose to write about and express their thoughts on life and how to go about living life. Be it living towards a better future or living in such a way that is different from the social norms of society. “Let Me Die a Youngman’s Death” written by Roger McGough, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein all share the same theme of life. It is their perceptions about how life should be lived and the ways in which people make decisions and certain lifestyle choices where their messages differ. McGough wants to live a life with no boundaries, reckless and wild. He hopes that he may die with a bang, so he can be remembered, not simply fade away and give in to old age. “The Road Not Taken” states that when there is a fork in the road, there are two ways in which a person can go. Ultimately, in order to succeed or make it anywhere in life, for that matter, one needs to decide and take the risk. Silverstein, on the contrary, believes that the world is moving too fast, and that people need to slow down enjoy all of life’s pleasures; forget about the seriousness of the world. Each of these poets displays their thoughts through the use of various techniques within their poems. These include repetition, assonance and alliteration, diction.
Repetition is another technique which all of the poets make use of in these particular poems. Repetition reinforces different aspects surrounding the main theme drawing close attention to the message which they were trying to get across. A perfect example of this would be from Where the Sidewalk Ends when Silverstein says “where the side walk ends” and “Walk with a walk that is measured and slow,” By not only using the phrase “where the side walk ends” in the title as well as the first and last sentences of the whole poem, it can be recognized as a significant part of the poem emphasizing it as the perfect place, a utopia where people can be careless and free from worries. By repeating “walk with a walk that is measured and slow” in the 2 and 3 stanzas reminds us to slow down and stop moving so fast. Robert Frost in his poem uses “two roads diverged in a wood” as a means of closure to the reader similar to the way “where the sidewalk ends” is used in Shel Silverstein’s poem. However, unlike Silverstein, Frost repeats certain words rather than whole phrases like ‘one’ and ‘I’. I is a paradox for you, meaning that the poem is directly relating to the reader and what they decide not just in the poem but what message they take away from it as well and the decisions that they make in their own lives. Through using repetition Frost and Silverstein are able to reinforce and remind us of relevant surrounding themes of life. Both poem use key phrases in the first and last stanzas of both poem bringing some closure. Silverstein however uses whole phrases as a clear reminder about his views of life whereas Frost uses singular words throughout to relate it to the...

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