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Poetry . By: Alexis Trogdon. “The Road Not Taken”. By: Robert Frost . Diction:

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By: Alexis Trogdon

the road not taken
“The Road Not Taken”

By: Robert Frost



  • The diction is very descriptive. Since the poem is about the choice between two roads, they are both described in great detail. “grassy and wanted wear”, and “lay in leaves” describe the two possible roads the speaker could take.


  • The imagery in the poem describes the setting. Most of the images presented in the poem create a vivid image for the reader. The poem describes the scenery such as leaves, grassy, two roads, and yellow wood.


  • It’s fall and the leaves are changing. The speaker has a decision to make on which way he should go. He is unsure which path he should take. The speaker looks down looks down both paths “looked down one path as far as I could”, and “took the other just as fair”.


  • The language in the poem is figurative. The figurative language helps the reader get a better understanding of the poem.
  • Sentence Structure:
  • The poem is built of a rhyme scheme of ‘ABAAB’ throughout the poem. The rhyme scheme creates the tone of the poem which is the speaker is satisfied with the options he chose. The theme of the poem is indecision because the speaker was unsure of which path he wanted to take.


  • Before reading the poem and looking at the title, the speaker is talking to a group of young adults saying that they should enjoy there time being young.
  • Paraphrase:

Stanza 1:

Gather your youth experiences while you can

Times is still flying by

And that same person that lives today

Will eventually die


Stanza 2:

The glorious sun,

Moves around the world through the sky

The sooner will the sun’s journey be run

When the sun sets, the day will end

Stanza 3:

Young adulthood is the best

When the young has more energy and beet health

Youth is the best time, when it’s over the worst time follows

Time is still passing quickly and takes over the past

Stanza 4:

Don’t be shy, make most of the time you have

Go get married while you still can

Because once you lose your youth

You may never get another chance



  • The author uses a variety of metaphors and personification. The author chooses a rose to symbolize the briefness in life of flower and the short time a woman has to have any romantic opportunities. The phrase “the same flower that smiles today tomorrow will be dying” is the image of beauty and life. Some of the diction the author uses of “sun” and “lamp” talking about the heat temperature.


  • The attitude is regret because the author is uses metaphors of the sun and compares that to ending his youth and how he looks back on his life. Another attitude is how the author talking about young unmarried woman and explaining to them to live life to the fullest.
  • Shifts:
  • Since the poem is broken up into four different stanzas, the poem has four different shifts. The first stanza is talking about “seizing the day” and talks about the importance of marriage.

Shifts continued:

  • The second stanza is using the sun to show the passing of time. The shift in the third stanza is when the speaker starts comparing life to death. The tone changes when the speaker talks about death. The last shift is when the speaker talks about how to use your time wisely and be sure to marry young because you might not have a chance when you are older.


  • The title fits the poem perfectly because the title is portrays the feeling of seizing the day. After I read the poem, I can see that it is talking about passing of time and seizing opportunities while you are young and while you still have a chance to.
  • Theme:
  • The overall theme for the poem is actually represented right in the title, which is seizing the day. Being sure you live life to the fullest while you are young and enjoy life the best you can.

By: Alastair Reid



  • The poem’s diction is very simple. The descriptions Reid uses such as “unlucky”, “odd”, incurious”,and “lucky” gives the reader a better understanding of the poem.
  • Images:
  • Through the imagery, the reader has a better understanding of what the author is trying portray. The speaker is an animal, which makes it easier for him to compare different animals. With the vivid images, the reader can visualize dogs, littler of kittens, and the other side of the hill.


  • The speaker is comparing opposite animals in the poem. Such as a dog and a cat. The cat has an opposite personality from the dog because the dog likes to stay in his comfort zone, whereas the cat likes to be adventurous and dangerous.
  • Language:
  • The language is formal and figurative. The figurative language helps the reader have a person connection to the poem.
  • Sentence Structure:
  • The sentences are full of details. The sentences have a rhyme scheme, but it is not consistent throughout the poem.