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English Supplementary Texts Assessment Task 1 texts located on back page The Road Not Taken Title The Road Not Taken Text Type Poem Source Frost Robert - Published 1916 Purpose The primary purpose of Frosts The Road Not Taken is to communicate the idea that decisions - and the changes that are the consequences of them - can not be avoided in life and must be confronted Its purpose is also to tell us that we must deal with changes and learn to accept them Audience The poem uses primarily simple language that most people could grasp Everyone makes decisions and undergoes change so the poem is relevant to everyone however its audience is most likely to be teenagers upwards Links to Change Frosts the Road Not Taken has many links with the concept of change A major theme of the concept of change is that change is inevitable In Frosts The Road Not Taken the speaker is confronted by a diverging road and is forced to make a decision Also the theme that change is ultimately rewarding is predominant in Frosts The Road Not Taken especially in the last stanzas final line And that has made all the difference Techniques Symbolism - Frosts The Road Not Taken is an allegory for decisions and the changes that are consequences of these decisions The symbolism of the road creates the idea that change is inevitable because no matter how long you travel a road it always diverges or turns and we must make a decision in which direction to travel Ultimately this decision changes where we have ended up Frost is using the symbolism of the road to tell us that life is a series of decisions and changes that all affect our final destination Personification - In the second stanza Frost describes the less travelled road as almost challenging him Because it was grassy
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