The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost And A Worn Path, By Eudora Welty

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Throughout this course, I have discovered that literature is more than just words being brought together by an author to form an emotionally charged story. Literature provides an engaging outlet into an imaginary realm to its audience. As the reader is captivated by the story, poem or play, a, emotional connection is established.
By connecting, considering and concluding the response gained from literary works, the reader can obtain a deeper, analytical understanding of these techniques and tools used by the authors of the various literature forms. For this assignment, I have chosen to compare and contrast two separate literary works from “Journey into Literature” (Clugston, 2010), with similar themes. . The poems I will discuss are “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost and “A Worn Path”, by Eudora Welty. I have chosen these works over the others in our course text because they both offer a deeper look at life, from an outside perspective, as the reader looks into the lives of the main characters and relates with the journeys they are on. By analyzing these forms of literature, I hope to leave you with the same all-encompassing insight I have gained. The extensive and diverse literary techniques used by both Frost and Welty can and have altered these similar themes in a dramatic way.
“The Road Not Taken”, written by Robert Frost and published in 1916, takes on the literary form of poetry. “The Road Not Taken is one of Robert Frost’s most familiar and most popular poems. It is made up of four stanzas of five lines each, and each line has between eight and ten syllables in a roughly iambic rhythm; the lines in each stanza rhyme in an abaab pattern. The popularity of the poem is largely a result of the simplicity of its symbolism” (Andrews, 2002). The symbolic content of Frost’s poem takes the reader along a personal journey of the persona who has to make a decision as to which road to go down. These two roads are symbolic for the choices we make in life every day.
“Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both” (Frost, 1916). This is the first line of the first stanza in Frost’s poem. Clearly, Frost’s poem is being narrated from a first-person point-of-view, but not necessarily about Frost, himself. The character has come to a split in the road, where he has to make a choice between two similar roads to take his life’s journey on. He knows he cannot go back, once he chooses his path in life, and so this decision has to be well thought out.
Robert Frost goes on to say in the 16th line, “I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence” (Frost, 1916). Without an in depth analysis of the implication here, I might be inclined to think this narrator might have been disappointed in his decision. “Nearly all critics have thought the sigh to indicate regret. Laurence Perrine says it "is not a sigh of regret over a right choice; it is a sigh of regret that both choices were not possible"(Finger, 1978). His...

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