Compare Essay "Aquainted with the Night and" "A Road Not Taken"

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27 February 2012

The poems that I have decided to write about are, “Acquaint With The Night”, and
“A Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost. Frost was exposed to literature from an early age both of his parents were teachers. He started writing at the age of fifteen; he admired writers such as William Shakespeare, Robert Buras, and William Wordsworth. (Spencer and Chris) I believe that Frost wrote “Acquaint With The Night” because it was during a time of depression just after the stock market crash in 1929, unemployment peeked and a lot of people lost everything, it was a time of darkness, I believe that this is why he wrote it and has a lot to do with the unhappy tone of the poem. “The Road Not Taken” Robert Frost himself states “One
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This is a big decision that Frost has taken time to think about and he describes that in the poem as ‘And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could’ I believe these example help to prove the tone, Frost is stuck at a point in life and he’s second guessing himself on which path is the right direction to go because he needs to make a decision and it’s something that is heavy on his mind. ‘Two roads diverged in a wood’ Frost knows that one path is traveled more than the other. ‘And having perhaps the better claim’ states that one path is the more commonly taken and then there is the other that is not. Frost describes this path ‘Because it was grassy and wanted wear’ I think Frost is sad because he knows that once he takes a path he could never come back, because one path eventually is going to lead to another, ‘Yet knowing how way leads on to way’. The reason I felt this way about the poem was because the author tells me about this decision he needs to make that is not an easy one and he has to do it alone, he would like to take both paths but he can’t and it bothers him not knowing if the decision he makes will be the right one.
The author used several words as metaphors in this poem to describe the tone and meaning. Yellow wood, describes a season like fall or middle age person. Undergrowth, described events that he couldn’t see in the future because he can only see so far down the path before it is