English notes - The Road Not Taken (poem)

I have spent weeks refining down my notes on my poems for the Higher English exams, this document is the result of that. I thought I'd share them as it is often very difficult to get any concise information on poems.

These notes are a scaled down to the point set of notes on the poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

What is covered?:
• Close look at stanzas
• Theme
• Meter/rhyme
• Tone
• Anapaests
• Mood change
• Poem meaning
• Background

How to use this file?:
On the first page the arrows link to the text in the second column which expand on what these lines mean.

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  • Created on: 08-05-10 18:14

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, ROBERT FROST


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;



Then took the other, as just as…

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, ROBERT FROST

Rhyme scheme focuses in: standing and looking down the possible roads. Sets up the theme of the poem: choice.



STANZA TWO

Expressing something of a thought process.

Focuses on this idea that the road he wants to choose is the one that looks less…

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, ROBERT FROST

Internal couplet: focus in and thoughtful of what the poet is saying there
Last line: resolution of stanza

CONVERSATIONAL/COLLOQUIAL TONE (STORY NOT POEM):

Technical, strict meter: playing with it to give a very informal tone. Blank verse which having no meter might be expected…

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, ROBERT FROST

Dismisses it on observation: worn them really about the same and equally lay. Poet goes out of his way to tell us these two paths
don't look more or less travelled.


STANZA 4

Full of drama and self reflection and sighing, the road that…

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