Elizabethan sonnets break three times, Once after every quatrain, just for fun. Stanza 3 Summary In this third stanza, mentions in lines eleven and twelve that in the moment that this individual was making his decision, both paths were nearly identical. The neatness of how the sentence structure suddenly converges with the line structure this sentence is exactly one line echoes the sudden, clean division that choice creates. His honesty is a reality check as well as a means of making a final decision. The sextet may have two or three rhymes, e. Iambic consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stress syllable.
However, he also has a feeling that his choice will confront him with new adventures and challenges. Therefore, he decided to take the one that was less traveled. The yellow leaves also evoke a sense of transience; one season will soon give way to another. Thompson also says that when introducing the poem in readings, Frost would say that the speaker was based on his friend Edward Thomas. The poem moves from a fantasy of staving off choice to a statement of division.
G I shall be telling this with a sigh H Somewhere ages and ages hence: G Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- G I took the one less traveled by, H And that has made all the difference. Analysis This last stanza really highlights the nature of our regrets. The octave may ask a question and the sextet answer it, the octave describe a scene and sextet comment on it, etc. Next, the poem seems more concerned with the question of how the concrete present yellow woods, grassy roads covered in fallen leaves will look from a future vantage point. Identical forks, in particular, symbolize for us the nexus of free will and fate: We are free to choose, but we do not really know beforehand what we are choosing between. The ode was especially fashionable during the second wave of English Romanticism - particularly with Shelley and Keats. Perhaps, he goes in the flashback.
. This analysis shows that this poem, though, seems a simple and innocent composition, points to the reality of making decisions in complex situations. Each stanza follows an a b a a b rhyme scheme, drawing emphasis to the last line of each stanza, a line that already has a natural emphasis. The analysis of some of the major poetic devices used in this poem is given here. The words are concise and tough, not the ambiguities of the earlier stanzas. It is even possible that they are worn the same at the path entrances only and that many turned around when reaching the undergrowth of the first path.
Though in almost every line, in different positions, an iamb is replaced with an. Another interpretation, due to some symbolisms in the poem suggest that Frost felt that his life was ending, therefore reflecting on his lost opportunities. We are, after all, trying to get somewhere. E Yet knowing how way leads on to way, F I doubted if I should ever come back. When Frost sent the poem to Thomas, Thomas initially failed to realize that the poem was mockingly about him. When it comes to tough decisions in our lives, we always know that no matter what we finally choose, eventually, we will regret not being able to try the possibility that was left uncharted by us.
However, what stays in the mind of the people is the philosophy of life and the of making choices. Similarly, the narrator faces a situation during his travel. Often at odds with family, friends and neighbors, Frost was known to be cranky and egocentric, something that readers see in his poems. If it does not rhyme with line A then it gets B, and so on. There is tension, discord, harmony, climax and resolve.
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. As the speaker talks about lost opportunities, metaphorically he is reflecting on his life choices, and how they are going or have affected his life. Then the poet decided to check the other path because he found the other road to be less travelled and grassy one. Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. It is because life is full of choices, and the choices we make, define the whole course of our lives. Both ways are equally worn and equally overlaid with un-trodden leaves.
The essence of an ode is that the poet invents a new stanzaform, and then repeats it as many times as he needs to finish the poem. He thinks he may come back one day to travel on the other road. He got it from the grocery store, But he lost it and can't wear it anymore. Old age has applied the concept of Wisdom to a choice that was, at the time, basically arbitrary. Another theme is dreams, hopes, and plans we have in life. Paths in the woods and forks in roads are ancient and deep-seated metaphors for the lifeline, its crises and decisions. We cannot tell, ultimately, whether the speaker is pleased with his choice; a sigh can be either contented or regretful.