After Apple Picking and Road Not Taken Comparative Essay

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Even in the earlier days of Robert Frost’s long arduous active life, he looked upon the journey of life in a more seiner way. Where most of the younger crowd may prefer a “happy go lucky” approach to life, Frost invested his every adapting yet inspiring mind into mysteries and the choices we come across in life, the issues of mortality and morals, and one’s view of death are explored in such a way, one may find it difficult but to be inspired by his work.

“After Apple Picking” and “The road Not Taken” at first appear to be worryingly similar to each other. Not only they were crafted by the same poet at approximately the same time, but the actual content dig into similar ground as in the two of them, they mostly drenched into the past
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If we should trust the metaphoric language of seasons once again, the narrator is now quite middle aged. This suggests that it is time where he should look back to evaluate the choices that he had previously made.

In the first stanza and for much of the second, the narrator is adamant about the fact that he “took the other” because “it wanted wear.” On this retelling, you may come to believe that the narrator wants you to believe that he took the road “less travelled by” but that is simply not the case. “Though for that, the passing there, Had worn them really about the same” suggests that although he wants you to believe that he chose a unique, a different route, he has to admit that that isn’t the case.

By the third stanza, the narrator himself is confused and is unsure about himself and his choices. “What would the other road lead to?” “”Could I go back?” These are questions that the narrator throws at his audience, even though he answers them with doubt if he could go back as there just isn’t time.

The last stanza is one that is full of questions. The famous line, “And that has made all the difference,” when viewed on its own most would interoperated “the difference” as a positive outcome, but by reading the rest of the poem, that outcome cannot be justified. The narrator didn’t give it away because simply, he has not come to the stage of life where he has experienced the “difference” which further expands on the

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