Robert Frost, English assignment
For this assignment, you will be keeping a poetry journal. You will find a poem that relates to the poet (Robert Frost), either in a stylistic, thematic, or historical way. Following the directions, you will locate a poem and write a short analysis of it.
For this Apply, find a poem that uses strong diction. You may choose any poem you wish, from anywhere in the world, from any time period. You may also use song lyrics, as long as the song has good enough word choice that you can analyze it.
In 250-300 words, analyze the poet’s diction.What words stuck out to you as a reader?What effect did the word choice have on you as a reader?Pick out five examples of strong words from the poem. Describe why the poet might have chosen these words.What mood did the diction of the poem create?
Make sure you include the poet’s name and the title of the poem!
What words stuck out to you as a reader?
Such words include:Line three of stanza 1, “long I stood.”Line two, stanza 2, “And having perhaps the better claim.”Line four, stanza 2, “Though as for that the passing there.”Line five, stanza 3, “I if I should ever come back.”Last stanza he repeats the word “I.” in “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by.”
What effect did the word choice have on you as a reader?
The choice of poetic diction by the poet has the effect of making the poem resembles a poetic speech. This effect help to underscore the drama of his choice especially the uncertainty and indecision presented by words such as “long I stood,” “doubted,” and the repetition of “I” which shows the hesitation the speaker….
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