Choosing Your Path in Life

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Choosing Your Path in Life
Kayla Plencner
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor Hannah Martin
September 23, 2013

Choosing Your Path in Life
In a person’s life, many decisions have to be made, like the decision to get your homework done now or put it off until later, with the possibility of it being late or falling behind. We all face the decision on which path(s) to choose in life. Robert Frost’s 1916 poem “The Road Not Taken” demonstrates how the poet emphasizes ambiguity, which is “the use of language that has more than one meaning, creating uncertainty about how to interpret what has been stated,” (Clugston, 2010) that is associated with life choices. He also uses a metaphor, which is “an image that imaginatively compares one thing with another, showing how each has qualities that resemble the other,” (Clugston, 2010) by comparing the two roads with life choices of right or wrong. This poem captured my interest because it represents the decisions people make every day and the after effect that these choices may have on one’s life. In this essay I will use the formalist approach, which is “most widely used in literary criticism; it focuses on the form and development of the literary work itself,” (Clugston, 2010) to better explain my analysis. The poem is made up of four stanzas that include five lines each and the rhyme scheme of the poem is ABAAB. Although this is a short poem that does not take away from the fact that it has powerful meaning. People may never know the true meaning behind Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken” but we all have our own opinions, beliefs and interpretations. Stated in Washington Times, “In the 44 years since [Robert Frost]'s death in 1963, much has been made of the elusiveness of his poetry as if he were hiding a lot and had a lot to hide.” (Ganz, 2007). I believe that Frost’s way of writing is very…...

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