The Road Not Taken

Annotated Bibliography Brown, Dan. “Frost’s ‘Road’ & ‘Woods’ redux. (Robert Frost). ”  New Criterion. 25. 8 (2007): 11(4). Student Resource Center – Gold. Web. 07 Feb. 2010. In this article, Dan Brown argues that the poem does not contain any metaphors or similes. However, the poem as a whole is a metaphor. He also shows how Frost’s poem tends to be full of contradictions. He also argues whether the speaker’s choice of road actually makes the difference in the speaker’s future. This source is useful to support that the poem as a whole is a metaphor for life.

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Even though this source is useful in a way, I don’t think it is such a great source. This academic journal does not provide much evidence to support the claim of my paper. My overall opinion of the article is that it is an O. K. source. This source is very credible because it came from Student Resource Center. Databases only contain credible sources. Grimes, Linda Sue. “Robert Frost’s Tricky Poem: Analysis of ‘The Road Not Taken. ‘” American Poetry. N. p. , 13 Nov. 2006. Web. 07 Feb. 2010. This source provides why Frost wrote this poem and a stanza by stanza summary of the poem.

It also provides the main point or claim of the poem. I really like this source. It is very easy and clear to read. The layout of information is also very organized. Also, this source perfectly helps support my claim that Frost doesn’t support conformity but says that life is full of choices. This source analyzes certain phrases of diction that would help support my claim. Even though this source is a “. com” source, it is still credible. There is a link to a page about the author, and the author seems credible. Swanhorst, Jeris. Understanding the Poetry of Robert Frost: An Introductory Guide to Analyzing Frost’s Poems. ” American Poetry. N. p. , 21 May 2009. Web. 07 Feb. 2010. This source lists out some common elements of Frost’s poetry. The source explains how Frost uses imagery relating to nature, metaphors, and lists some common themes in his poetry. I really like this source. This source is very accurate and highlights the main points. I can use evidence from this source to help support how Frost uses nature to convey the speaker’s ambiguity.

I can also uses this source to help support how this poem represents life and its choices. Even though this source is a “. com” source, it is still credible. There is a link to a page about the author, and the author seems credible. “The Road Not Taken. ”Poetry for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowskie. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. 194-203. Print. This source provides a biography of Frost from his birth to death. A line by line summary is also provided. It highlights the themes of the poems as individualism, and choices and consequences. The rhyme scheme is identified to be abaab.

The source also shows how the poem has contradictory diction. The historical context of the poem is World War I and urbanization. This source is useful to show how Frost’s life and his time period affected the poems meaning. I can also use the themes to argue that Frost doesn’t take a side with individuality but is just trying to say that life is full of choices that can make a difference. I really like this source because it is very thorough and provides a plethora of evidence to help support my paper. This source is credible because the information comes from a book that has published many volumes.

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