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please comment on Frost's use of the image of the road.

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bijlee | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM via web

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please comment on Frost's use of the image of the road.

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ksraa | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Frost has used vivid imagery to describe the two roads. They represent the two choices placed before us at several instances of life. At that moment we analyse both and weighing the pros and cons, make our decisions.

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user4455693 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 12, 2014 at 6:40 AM (Answer #2)

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Frost created simple but vivid imageries in the poem. The metaphorical roads in the poem represent choices to be made throughout our life and we are travellers of our life-journey. As travellers, when we get to a fork of two roads, we often consider by which way we can get quickly to our destination,in other words, which way is longer or shorter. Another point we often consider is whether it is rocky or winding. Likewise, in our life, we often think deeply before deciding which way to take, which way to follow.The description of roads in line 4 and line 5 is a metaphor for the future. We can only see  our present situation but not the future. For example, in our country, the job of a doctor was once very popular with high school students. Most tended to join university of medicine. But now, there are many doctors in our country and is not as popular as before. To make a living as a doctor became more difficult. What I want to say is we can't know what will happen in our future as we can't foresee when we will die. We can only make decisions according to present situations which we can consider. We can only know whether they are right or not after we have trodden the road we took to the end. It is really a good, beautiful imagery, which can vividly reveal the theme of the poem, making choices.

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