Literary devices in the road not taken

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Literary devices in the road not taken

  1. 1. Literary Devices in the Road Not Taken? AMER MAHMOOD YOUSAF ENGLISH DEPTT. GOVT. ISLAMIA COLLEGE CIVIL LINES LAHORE.
  2. 2.  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; 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,
  3. 3.  And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I marked the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
  4. 4.     Road is used as a metaphor and as an extended metaphor. the road splitting, this is a metaphor of choices we make in life. the fork in the road is used as a metaphor throughout the poem, it is termed an extended metaphor. In line 6 where the person is thinking of taking one road, but takes another, this is a metaphor for thinking of your choices before deciding.
  5. 5.  Nature is also used as a metaphor in the poem.  In the beginning, the woods are yellow meaning in the autumn.  This could be a metaphor of making decisions during the fall of your life or when you are getting older.
  6. 6.  The Road Not Taken – Frost Critical Analysis. "The Road Not Taken", written by Robert Lee Frost, is a poem that has four five-line stanzas with only two end rhymes in each stanza (abaab). Several kinds of literary devices can be found in the poem. One of the literary devices employed is antithesis.
  7. 7.  It contains four stanzas and each one contains five lines each. This is called a quintain, hence this poem is made up of four quintains. In total this makes twenty lines thus a middle sized poem.
  8. 8.  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, (A) And sorry I could not travel both (B) And be one traveler, long I stood (A) And looked down one as far as I could (A) To where it bent in the undergrowth; (B)
  9. 9. Consonance and Assonance are widely used throughout as we can see in the following examples respectively: ''And that has made all the difference.'' ''Yet knowing how way leads on to way,''.  Repetition is the final sound device that can be easily spotted in Frost's poem, especially in this line: ''Somewhere ages and ages hence:''. 
  10. 10.  Just like a song this poem has rhythm. The rhythm is iambic. This implies that there is a quiet syllable before a loud syllable. Diction and Imagery  More concrete than abstract  More formal than informal  More general than specific  Mostly visual
  11. 11. Figures of Speech and Symbolism  Personification- Because it was grassy and wanted wear  Robert Frost is not actually talking about a road fork in the woods. Rather, he is using the concept of a diverging road to relate to making decisions in life.
  12. 12. Syntax and Structure  Each stanza contains 5 lines.  Long I stood is an example of a different syntax because it would normally be said as I stood Long. Rhythm and Meter  There is a similar syllable pattern throughout the poem.  For example the first line in each stanza has 9 syllables.
  13. 13. Sound and Sense  The rhymes are end rhymes.  Perfect rhymes are lay and way  Slant rhymes are both and undergrowth

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