THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
*ROBERT FROST*
The bestlovedof the Americanpoets,Robertfrost{1874-1963} wasborn inUSA. He isconsidered
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THE SOLITARY REAPER
*WILLIAM WORDSWORTH*
Williamwordsworth{1770-1850} isone of the mostfamousof the Englishromanticpoets.H...
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  1. 1. THE ROAD NOT TAKEN *ROBERT FROST* The bestlovedof the Americanpoets,Robertfrost{1874-1963} wasborn inUSA. He isconsidered “The Voice of America”,His poemsbeginindelightandinwisdom. Robertfrost findshimself ata pointwhere the roadsplitsintotwo.He has to make a decision.He choosesthe grassyand lesstravelledpath.The otherroadis more conventional,welltroddenupon. Therefore itisa riskfree.Everyone goesforit.The poetrealisesthathe can’ttravel onboth the roads.So, he keepsitforanotherday. He says that perhapshe mayuse the more conventional path some time infuture.Butit isnot possible toslipajourneyafresh,itseemstobe acharacteristicof Robertfrostto expressdoubtwhile makingarevolutionarydecision. The strikingfeature of frost’spoemsisthe presentationof conflicts.Here conflictis betweenthe rightchoice andwrongchoice.We shouldalwayshave the courage tochoose the right wayevenif itis roughand thorny.The poemmakesusthinkaboutchoice we have to make inlife. All of us reach a crucial pointinlife whenwe have tomake a rightchoice.That choice determines our destiny.The poeminspiresustoface the challengingrealitiesinlife. The chief theme of hispoetryisAmbiguousrelationshipwithnature.He isinterested inthe paradox of life.The phrase “some were agesandage hence”referstodistantfuture.Here ‘sigh’neednotbe takenas regret, Mock regretis the characteristic of frost:may be it isa signof relief orcontent.However,Frostisveryoptimistic.He looksintodistantfuture. A small courageousstepmakesabig difference.Itcanleadto a great discovery, success, prosperityorhappiness.However,the line“…….Andthat has made all the difference”isnotclear.The poetbeautifullyleavesthistothe imaginationof the readers, Ambiguityisone of the strikingfeaturesof Frostianpoetry.
  2. 2. THE SOLITARY REAPER *WILLIAM WORDSWORTH* Williamwordsworth{1770-1850} isone of the mostfamousof the Englishromanticpoets.He hada strongaffinitytowardsnature rightfromthe childhood.Whenmanypoetsstill wrote about ancientheroesingrandilognentstyle.Wordsworthfocusedonnature,the poor,common people andusedordinarywordstoexpresshisfeelings. The solitaryreaperbyWilliamwordsworthpresentsafamiliarbutstrikingpicture of apeasantgirl workinginherfield.The poetseesthe youngbeautiful Scottishgirl reapingthe cornall alone inthe field. The scene isso enchantingthathe stops towatch the girl who isreapingandsinginga song simultaneouslyitmakesthe poetspell boundshe singsamelodioussadsong.The whole valleyseemstobe overflowingwiththe sweetsoundof hersong.The effectof the musicof hersong isso intense thatthe poetgoesonlisteningtoit.He doesnot wantto disturbthe girl inany way. Williamwordsworthlisteningtothe reaper’ssong,recallsthe sweetsongsof the nightingale and the cuckoo. The girl’ssongissweeterthanthatof the nightingale singingtosome groupof tiredtravellersinsome shadyoasisinthe Arabiandesert.Itissweeterthanthatof the cuckoo thatdisturbsthe silence of the seastoheraldthe adventof spring. The poetfailsto understandthe theme of the girlssongashe isnot familiarwithdialeetinwhichthe solitaryreaperissinging. He makescertainguesses.Possiblyhersongisaboutsome tragic eventsof the past.It may be aboutthe battlesfoughtlongago.Itmay be some common familiareventof the life.Itmaybe about some universal humanpain,lossorsuffering. The poetsays that ithardlymatterswhat she sings.Whatis of significance isthathersongseemsto be neverending.The poetlistenstohersong.Asshe reaps andbindsthe grain bendingover sickle :he standsstill andsilentandcarriesinhisheartthe Echoes of the song whichwant himfor long.Nowonderthe poetfeels mesmerizedbythe scene andmusicof the girl’s voice.

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