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Olin Smith 09052000 ENGL1102 McDermott Stopping by the Woods of the Road Not Taken Robert Frosts poems often seem quite simple and easy to read by even the most novice reader On the surface his poems seem clear enough but a more in depth analysis of them reveal poems that are very complex and intricate In his poems we find every element of poetry working together to project images and provide emotions we can relate the poems to Two of his poems The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening uses these elements to convey the images of decisions we are forced to make by getting older The Road Not Taken tells the story of a traveler happening upon two roads Choosing one of the roads he travels it without regrets We can look at the poem and obviously see there is a traveler who must choose between two different roads to travel Looking at the words we find that many conclusions can be drawn from their literal and connotative meanings Two roads are diverging in a yellow wood and each road represents a path in life that we have to take Frosts reference to a yellow wood means that it is fall In the fall all of the trees turn yellow lose their leaves and eventually start over again in the spring Our traveler is at a point in his life where every thing that has happened up until that point has come to an end and pretty soon he has to start over and choose his path in life The road he has been traveling has come to an end This relates to becoming an adult When graduating from high school we are faced with major decisions such as going t o college or starting work Frost talks of being one traveler standing alone being one traveler brings to mind moving out on your own
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