Sample #8 (Poetry analysis)

Title: Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”

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A famous writer Robert Frost in his poem “The Road Not Taken” raises a philosophical question: whether a person should choose a well-trodden path in order not to be mistaken, or to choose another, unknown path, to be the first on this way and to lay track for other. It is up to everybody what road to choose, the main thing is that this choice must be his own choice. A person must be free in his decisions no matter what path he will choose – easy one, or perhaps a hard, unknown one.

Sample #8 (Poetry analysis)

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Via poems Frost expresses the wise thoughts that are found in a form of simple words. Frost does not separate life and poetry, for him life is masterly depicted in poetry and poetry can be found in our every day life. His verses contain the mind and the emotions, as poetry is the first form of understanding.

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“And sorry I could not travel both…” (2). A person makes a decision though the human nature is that he will always think about the other opportunity that could lead to a better life. Nevertheless, it is impossible to travel down every path in one lifetime and the author understands it and regrets even before he makes a decision. Still, the traveler wants to foresee the future and he “looks down one as far as I could” (4).

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The traveler thinks about the other road and makes the important step: “Then took the other, as just as fair” (6), and chooses it as “it was grassland wanted wear.” (8). That road was obviously not for an ordinary person as the majority of people chose another path. That is why Frost calls it “the road less traveled by” (19). This decision indicates that the author does not want to follow the crowd, he wants to do more, to achieve more and he chooses the road that is totally new and no one knows where it can lead…

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Nevertheless, the traveler wants to choose both paths as he realizes that it is a serious decision, perhaps there will be no turning back, and he “doubted if I should ever come back.” (15). He makes a decision that will change the direction of his life, though he understands he will regret having never gone back and having never tried another path… Yet he stays proud of his decision and admits that he made a choice and lived his live the way he did.
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