A man must travel many routes, sail many seas, sleep on the sand, and repeat many times. The road is a metaphor for'life. 'The wind blows where it will, and you can't control it. But you can control how you respond to it. 'That's what this trip is all about - learning from your mistakes and moving on.
Using simple language but with profound meaning, this poem uses irony, metaphor, and simile to describe the journey that Robert Lewis Stevenson took as he searched for his son who had been swept away by a violent storm at sea. He traveled to many places, met many people, and saw much nature along the way, but none of it helped him find his son. When he returned home, he learned that his son had died. This poem reminds us that we should not dwell on the past or worry about the future; we should only focus on today and take action accordingly.
'Blowin' in the Wind' was first published in Esquire magazine in January 1960. It has since become one of America's most famous poems.
Robert Lewis Stevenson was an American author best known for his children's books, including Treasure Island. He also wrote several novels for adults including The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped.
Some literary elements used in "The Road Not Taken" include assonance in the opening line, accentuating the "o" sound in "roads" and "yellow," alliteration in the third line of the second stanza with "wanted wear," and the personification of the road within this same line: "it was grassy and desired wear." The thief personifies the road not taken as well.
Other elements include parallelism, which is present in the first two lines of the poem when it states that there are two roads leading out of town and that they are equal in importance; symmetry, which is shown in the last line where it states that both roads lead to the same place ("nowhere in particular"); and metaphor, which is used when comparing the road not taken to a garment. The poet uses the phrase "two roads diverged..." to describe what happened after the thief took one of the paths instead of the other. This idea continues into the next line when it says that "they have never met." One path leads to happiness while the other leads to misery. It can be inferred from this that choosing one path over another has consequnces one way or another.
Finally, the poem uses irony to explain why the thief decided not to take the more traveled road. He wanted to keep his identity a secret so he didn't want anyone to see him wearing worn-out clothes.
These are just some of the many techniques used by Robert Frost to create a beautiful piece of poetry.
Metaphor is use of one thing to stand for another, especially to represent something about someone or something. In "Sapo", metaphor is used to express Junio's love for Narcisa.
Symbolism is using meaningful objects, actions, or events as signs or symbols. In "Sapo", symbolism is used to show that even though Junio and Narcisa are separated by distance, they still think of each other often.
Paradox is when two things that seem contradictory are actually not. In "Sapo", paradox is used when describing Narcisa's beauty because it is both her eyes that cause him to fall in love with her and her smile that makes him want to run away from her.
Rhyme is a formal pattern of lines of verse that repeat the same ending - "-ose" in "Sapo". Rhyme is used in "Sapo" to show the relationship between Narcisa and Junio since she is always thinking about him.
Alliteration is when words or phrases that start with the same letter or sound appear close together.
Use of a consonant sound at the start of two consecutive words ('h' in have heard). Immortal beverages (beautiful objects of nature are forever, like a neverending portion of a drink). Every stanza of the poem employs a rhyme system (forever; never, keep; sleep). These three devices make up all but one of the 154 lines of the poem.
The exception is line one, which does not use a consonantal starting word and so is known as a 'couplet'. A couplet is a form of poetry consisting of two lines containing an identical metrical unit (usually a half verse or spondee), which serves to link them together. The first published version of this poem included only fifteen couplets; since then it has been expanded to fill all of the stanzas.
Couplets are often used to introduce some further detail about the subject of the poem or to comment on events during its course. In William Shakespeare's sonnets they occur frequently, with each one introducing a new love object for the poet. Sonnet 116, for example, begins: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
Summer days are beautiful but short and soon gone, while poems can be read over and over again. So although couplets may appear at first glance to be a simple way of linking together lines of a poem, they actually play an important role in what follows.