Poems About Life's Constant Movement Toward The End Term Paper


¶ … deliberations -- deeply thoughtful, philosophical ponderings -- about traveling through life and encountering troubling decisions, then asking questions vis-a-vis those decisions. Frost's "The Road Not Taken" turns out to be the road that was taken, although the speaker assures the reader that it was a tough decision. And in Rossetti's "Uphill" the speaker is unsure of the future but must keep traveling even though at the end of the journey the light is fading. Both poems embrace the confusion and even uncertainty about the future, and both are reflective of -- and in a real way they mirror -- how life moves along through time and why intelligent, thoughtful people can have fear of the future and can be troubled as to how and why the future will be kind or unkind to the individual. Speakers

Poem One (Frost): Frost's speaker lets the reader know in the first stanza that he is in a bit of a quandary as to which road to take. "Long I stood," he writes, sounding a bit like an older person. His lines seem to convey a theme of an older person because older people are known to have trouble making up their minds, or at least they are known to be confused (at least momentarily) by choices in front of them. Older people have a lot of time on their hands so that explains why the speaker is in no hurry to choose a path to take. Moreover the speaker keeps reminding the reader that the roads are equal, and yet they aren't, which comes across as equivocation that one might associate with an older person. The theme then...


The first speaker could be a young voice and the voice that answers seems wise and full of good advice. The journey in this poem could well be a metaphor for life's journey, not just to a hotel (inn) but to maturity and possibly death. Every question could be interpreted as a younger person asking an older person what the journey into maturity will entail. The line, "A roof for when the slow dark hours begin," seems to be suggesting that when a person gets on in years and slows down, and the light is beginning to vanish, that is old age. "May not the darkness hide it from my face?" The young speaker asks, and the wise voice answers, "You cannot miss that inn," which could be a metaphor for the fact that we all grow old and the end of the trail for all of us will be obvious.
Depictions of the Fathers

Poem One (Frost): The truth about fathers is that during their lifetimes they have been obligated to make choices. Sometimes they have hesitated and contemplated what choice to make; for example, should I encourage my child to take this one path to adulthood, or maybe I should urge him to take a different path to his future? Fathers are not always rational either, and the poet has not…

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