How would we characterise the style in "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost?

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When we think of the style of a given work of literature, the word "style" is an umbrella-like term, referring to a number of different characteristics, including word choice, level of vocabulary, figurative langauge and poetic devices. Considering this excellent poem by Frost, therefore, we can say that the word choice or diction is very simple. It is a poem that does not attempt to use sophisticated vocabulary and is simple to understand. Frost seems to be deliberately writing in a style to ensure the accessibility of his work to all. When we think of poetic devices, it is clear that Frost has used poetic devices such as allliteration and assonance to make the poem flow smoothly as a result of these devices. Consider the alliteration in "Equally lay / In leaves" and then the assonance of the vowel sounds in words such as "roads," "yellow," "would," "could," "stood" and "looked." Clearly Frost has worked hard to create a flowing rhythm that is not noticeably artificial. Thus, when we think of this poem, we can characterise its style as being simple and not artificial.

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