What are the poetic devices of the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost?

Some poetic devices included in "The Road Not Taken" are the assonance in the poem's first line, emphasizing the "o" sound in "roads" and "yellow," the alliteration in the third line of the second stanza with "wanted wear," and, within this same line, the personification in the road "it was grassy and wanted wear." The poem, overall, is a metaphor for the different directions one takes in life. 

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Paying attention to the imagery in "The Road Not Taken" actually reveals a meaning that some readers miss. People have a tendency to want to believe that they have led the more difficult lives and have made the more difficult choices in the various metaphorical forks in the road of their own lives. And perhaps that is why this poem is often misinterpreted.

The speaker uses imagery in the first stanza to help readers envision the choice:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

Two things are significant in the imagery here and are important as metaphors. The speaker isn't following his own path but a road . This is a path carved out by someone else, which follows the natural contour of the land. Many people have traveled this road before and many will follow; that's why it exists. Also important is the imagery inherent in yellow. This is autumn, a time of change—and also the beginnings of death in nature. The speaker is facing a season of change. The imagery at the end of this stanza sets up the...

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