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The Road Not
Robert Frost
Robert Frost
Robert Lee Frost was an American poet.
His work was initially published in England
before it was published in America.
He is highly regarded for his realistic
depictions of rural life and his command of
American colloquial speech.
Robert Frost
Born: March 26, 1874, San Francisco, California

Died: January 29, 1963, Boston, Massachusetts,

United States
Awards: United States Poet Laureate,
Congressional Gold Medal and more
Poems: A Brook In The City, A Question, Asking
for Roses and extra.
Our speaker has come to a fork in a path in the
woods. It's fall, and the leaves are turning colours.
He's unsure which way to go, and wishes he could go
both ways. He looks down one path as far as he can
see, but then he decides to take the other. He thinks
the path he decides to take is not quite as worn as
the other one, but really, the paths are about the
same, and the fallen leaves on both look pretty fresh.

The speaker reflects on how he plans to take

the road that he didn't take another day, but
suspects that he probably won't ever come back.
Instead, far off in the future, he'll be talking about
how his decision was final and life changing.
Stanza 2
Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

Then took the other, as just as fair,
after all this build up about one road, which
he's looked down for a long time, our
speaker takes the other path.
This "Second Road" is just as good as the
"First Road" that he looked at.
And having perhaps the better claim,
This "Second Road" may be more deserving of
the narrator walking down it.

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

there was grass on this "Second Road" and it
seemed to be telling the narrator "I want you to
walk on me."
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

The speaker of this poem really can't seem to make

up his mind! Just when we think we've got a
declaration about which path is better, he changes his
mind and admits that maybe they were equal after all.

The "as for that" refers to the path being less worn.

"The passing there" refers to traffic, probably on foot

just like our speaker, that may have worn the paths
Literary devices
Stanza 2
Sound Devices

End rhyme
Rhyming at the end of two or more lines.

The pattern goes: A, B, A, A, B.

Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

"Because it was grassy and wanted wear'

Denotation and Connotation

Word from my poem Connotation-the implied meaning Denotation-exact meaning

Grassy Play, summer, fresh, green, Of or covered with grass.

lawns, mowers, grazing
imagery to really describe his surrounding
Thank You
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