Do – Year 12 DISCOVERY ESSAY QUESTION Life is full of choices and challenges for everyone. Life always has bad and good things for people. Discovery is helping people to realize what is good for them and also, we can find out, have an experience about something new. It is not about the results but it also challenges. In everybody life, discovery is a long story about circle of life, opportunities, reality and regret. By side, it also mention about self discovery through nature. By reading some of the poems by Robert Frost such as ‘’The Road…
Anglistisches Institut der RWTH Aachen
Written English II/Summer Term 2008/Group 2
Short critical essay on Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost deals with a traveler who comes to a fork in the road and needs to decide which way he wants to go to continue his journey.
The poem consists of four stanzas with each five verses. The first stanza describes the position of the speaker. It says that the traveler comes to a fork and needs to decide how he wants to go on with his journey.
In addition it reflects the speaker's indecisiveness because to the speaker both ways seems pleasant. In the second stanza the speaker decides which way to go but continues in stanza three to describe the other road, too. He is still uncertain.
In stanza four he decided to take "the one less traveled by" (verse 19), although both ways have always been taken by people during time.
The reader of the poem does not get much background information. He can only suspect that the speaker stands alone in the wood fighting some mental debate and talking to himself. There are not mentioned any other persons in the poem or any more information about time and place. The poem leaves this question open to the readers imagination.
Robert Faust uses many stylistic devices that allows several interpretations. For example he uses the word "road" in a metaphorical way. On a figurative meaning the road and the fork describe the two choices people stand for when traveling the road of life.
In this context Frost's "road" expresses the road of life that can lead to different directions. The speaker of this poem is not sure which way to go. He prefers to go both ways, but knows that this is not possible and that h.....[read full text]