Explain literary devices used in the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

Explain literary devices used in the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

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  1. Assonance: It is the repetition of vowel sounds in sequence. “Somewhere ages and ages hence” is an example in this poem.

    Consonance: it is the repetition of consonant sounds. Frost uses such devices regularly because of his emphasis on sound. ‘Though as far as the passing there” is one such example in this poem.

    Personification. It means to give human feature to any nonhuman entity. In the poem, the road is personified when it says that “it was grassy and wanted wear.”

    Metaphor. It is the use of a word beyond its literal meaning. Here the poet employs extended metaphors. The roads stand for the choices one faces in life. The wood stands for the larger universe in which our life goes on.

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