1. A poem should communicate clearly what it means.
2. A poem should create a desired mood or feeling.
3. A poem should offer a hidden message to the reader.
4. A poem should offer a symbol in the hidden message. A symbol is a song the reader can remember, down the road.
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
1. A poem should communicate clearly what it means. We realize times in life we’ve had to make a choice.
2. A poem should create a desired mood or feeling. We are in the yellow woods, contemplative and full of melancholy.
3. A poem should offer a hidden message. Most people wonder what choice the poet has made. It is the most essayed poem in history.
4. The road less traveled by is the song or message we remember.