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Edit Comment Close By: craz (23 month(s) ago) goood Saving..... Post Reply Close Saving..... Edit Comment Close Premium member Presentation Transcript Slide 1: “The Road Not Taken” By: Robert Frost Focus Questions : Focus Questions What would you say is the most important decision you have made thus far in your life? How did you make this decision? Looking back, was it a good decision or do you have regrets? Slide 3: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, Slide 4: long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Slide 5: Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Slide 6: Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Slide 7: Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. Slide 8: I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Slide 9: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Literary DevicesMetaphor : Literary DevicesMetaphor The poem revolves around the metaphor comparing the decisions we make on the journey of life to a fork in the road. Just as we must decide which road to take when travelling in order to arrive at a location, we must make decisions in life that will greatly impact our destination. The speaker is a “traveller” on the road of life who wishes that he could go both directions and avoid making a decision. Literary DevicesSymbolism : Literary DevicesSymbolism “Yellow” - The yellow coloring of the woods is representative of the light, hope, and promise that the speaker is standing before. His future is bright and stretches before him. Though both paths are equally lit, he must choose only one. 2. “Woods” - The poem is set in the woods because we get an image of a quiet, deserted place where the speaker is left alone to decide. There are no road signs or people to stop and ask for directions. Similarly, there are no signs in life designed to help people choose their path. Symbolism : Symbolism 3. “Roads” - The roads are symbolic of the paths we take in life. Every road leads to a specific place and the nature of one’s destination depends entirely on the decisions that are made. We don’t just arrive at a location; we make a series of choices that lead us there. 4. “Morning” - The morning represents a new beginning and the endless possibilities the day ahead has to offer. Frost sets the poem in the morning to reveal that the speaker is in the early years of his life and his future is spread out before him. Slide 13: Meaning: The literal meaning of this poem by Robert Frost is pretty obvious. A traveller comes to a fork in the road and needs to decide which way to go to continue his journey. After much mental debate, the traveler picks the road "less traveled by." The figurative meaning is not too hidden either. The poem describes the tough choices people make when traveling the road of life. The words "sorry" and "sigh" make the tone of poem somewhat gloomy. The traveler regrets leaves the possibilities of the road not chosen behind. He realizes he probably won't pass this way again. Slide 14: Poetic devices: There are plenty literary devices in this poem to be discovered. One of these is antithesis. When the traveler comes to the fork in the road, he wishes he could travel both. Within the current scope of our physical world, this is a non possibility (unless he has a split personality). The traveller realises this and immediately rejects the idea. Yet another little contradiction is two remarks in the second stanza about the road less traveled. First, it's described as grassy and wanting wear, after which he turns to say the roads are actually worn about the same (perhaps the road less travelled makes travellers turn back?). The image : The image The most common literary technique in the poem is symbolism. The Road in the poem represents the direction of life, while the wood symbolizes our lives. Future is unpredictable : Future is unpredictable bent into undergrowth two roads diverged also labyrinthian better claim: grassy, wanted wear more challenging & adventurous Slide 17: The image The wood---life Life is like the wood because no one can clearly see or predict what will happen in the future due to the obstacles in the way such as branches and bushes, which blind our eyes. Which one is not taken? : Which one is not taken? By whom? Two choices? The Theme : The Theme Which one to take, that is the question! However, many of us agree that we would like to choose the more traveled path because we are more likely to know what the coming result is. Taking the more challenging way is too threatening or difficult for an average person. Apparently the road not taken by the majority is the second one—grassy and wanted wear. Slide 20: Initially, the poet depicted the uncertainty and the mental suffering of making choices.. Before making his decision, the poet had his mental struggle, [L3]“be one traveler, long I stood”. After comparing the two roads, he [L13]“kept the first for another day”. However, he knew there was no chance to return, though he stated that “I doubted if I should ever come back.”[L15] The poet knew he had only one life : The poet knew he had only one life and he would like to lead a different one. Gradually, he gained confidence in his choice. At the end of the poem he urged and encouraged that people should try something new instead of following others. ‘I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference’. Slide 22: The last point is the ambiguity we see in the poem. Frost is too wise to be absolute. He never denied every possibility. Balancing each choice, he made his choice but still left room for readers to have their final say. You do not have the permission to view this presentation. In order to view it, please contact the author of the presentation.