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Explain the meaning of "trodden black" in "The Road Not Taken".
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This line from the poem just refers to leaves that have been stepped on to the point where they are black instead of the color they were when they fell off the tree.
The word "tread" means (one of its meanings) "to step on." So you can tread on the leaves as you walk along. If you have stepped on the leaf, we can say you have trodden on it.
So the speaker is saying (at this point) that that road has not been walked on. The leaves have not been stepped on so they have not turned black from being crushed or ground into the dirt or anything.
Posted by pohnpei397 on May 1, 2010 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)
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This phrase from Robert Frost's famous poem, "The Road Not Taken," is actually one of the more straightforward lines from the text. When Frost, the narrator, comes upon the two roads, he sees that both have been travelled rarely in recent days. Both are equally covered in leaves "no step had trodden black." Neither road has been used recently; had they been, the footprints would have disturbed the leaves and the grass beneath, leaving the blackened soil visible. ("Trodden" being a form of the verb "tred," or to walk.)
Posted by bullgatortail on May 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM (Answer #2)
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