POETRY ANALYSIS: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Before

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POETRY ANALYSIS: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Before Reading
- Consider choices and decisions
List four major decisions you’ll make in the next five years.
Now put the four choices in order from most to least important.
Compare with a partner.
During Reading
Annotate while you read:
● When meaning is unclear, write in your own words OR illustrate what is happening
● identify figurative language and make note about intended effect.
“The Road Not Taken”
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, 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 fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
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.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
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
After Reading
After Reading
Choose one activity from each category. Complete on a separate sheet of paper.
Quote It
Find a quote that represents
the theme of the poem.
Using evidence from the
poem, justify your choice
using at least three pieces of
evidence from the poem.
Fictionalize it.
Using the imagery Frost
creates in his poem,
illustrate(a slide per stanza)
or deeply describe in words
(a paragraph per stanza) a
short story based on one of
the following characters
Alice (of Wonderland),
Dorothy (of Oz), Aladdin,
Batman, Katniss Everdeen,
or Rick Grimes
Argue It.
Is the speaker happy with
the choice he made? Argue
both sides, providing three
pieces of evidence for each.
Sing It.
Choose a song that has the
same or similar theme.
Explain why this song shares
a theme. To support your
answer, choose three lyric
lines and explain their
connection to Frost’s poem.
Switch It.
After you’ve determined what
the road is a metaphor for,
consider what Frost might
have used instead of a road.
Explain how these
comparisons might have
been more or less effective.
Compare It.
Read Do Not Go Gentle into
That Good Night, another
classic poem by Dylan
Thomas. This too talks about
the choices one makes.
Which poet does a better job
of getting their point across?
What literary devices and/or
wording makes your choice
more successful?
Ink It.
Thinking about the theme of
the poem, create a tattoo
design (other than a path in
the woods) that captures the
essence of what Frost is
saying. Explain the visual
choices made by answering
these questions:
Why does this design
symbolize the theme?
What colors are
Would the size be important?
How does the location of the
tattoo provide extra
Spoof It.
Frost wrote this famous
poem in 1916-almost 100
years ago!
Let’s say that Seth
MacFarlane got a hold of this
classic. What ridiculous
episode plot would American
Dad, Peter Griffin, or
Cleveland Brown find
themselves spoofing without
actually losing the important
metaphor Frost has set up?
Retitle it.
What is the significance of
the title- “The Road Not
Taken”? Suggest two
alternative titles and explain
how your choices might alter
the interpretation of the
poem. Use evidence from
the poem to explain which
title may the better choice.
___ You included a
Quote, Song, or
___ Your piece
includes an
___ Your piece
actually shares
connections to the
theme of the poem.
___ Your piece and
explanation show you
have a strong
understanding of the
poem’s theme.
___ You completed
one of the activities.
___ Your work
makes sense.
___ Your work is
thoughtful and shows
decisions were made
during creation.
___ Your description
shows that you can
transfers Frost’s
ideas into new
___ You identify two
choices of the
___ You explain the
choices you made.
___ You included
evidence to support
your decisions.
___ Your
argument(s) included
thoughtful and
persuasive ideas.
12 ✔=8
11-10 ✔=7
9 ✔=6
8-7✔ =5
6✔ =4
5-4✔ =3
3✔ =2
2-1✔ =1

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