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Common App- a creative work (The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost)

kruthimohan 5 / 20  
Dec 24, 2011   #1
I wrote an essay on the Road not taken by Robert Frost. I initially thought of writing about Hermione from Harry Potter but decided on this towards the end.

Essay on the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Although I must admit that I am not a huge poetry fan, most of the poems by Robert Frost appeal to me and this would have to be the one that appeals the most. When I first read this poem, I liked it because of its free verse style and its apparent simplicity. The obvious basic meaning is that the poem is about a person's choices in life. The poet describes coming to a problem with the fork in the road. He must go down on one but feels he will not be able to amend his decision.

This poem provides an outlook at the choices one has in life. How one comes to decide which choices are better and what are their consequences. We are often forced to make a decision between the two paths and must decide which path to take though each path may appeal to us equally. No matter how small a decision is, it will affect a person's life forever. The diverging roads in the poem are symbolic of the choices we are faced with everyday of life. Choosing one course will lead us in one direction, while the other will likely move away towards a completely different journey. This poem is a journey of self-discovery and a gathering of wider meanings and interpretations. Often, we regret the choices that we make and wonder what course our life would have taken if we'd chosen otherwise.

Life is never a straight path. Decisions always have to be made between the paths we choose to travel by and when the decision is made and the road is followed, there is no turning back. It will alter our life. From this poem, I learnt that I need to choose my own path and make my own decisions and take responsibility for my mistakes, learn from them and move forward accordingly. I learnt some decisions are major, life altering choices. They are not to be taken lightly and we must live with the choices we make; whether to follow the path set by others and take the path more traveled by or to be a leader and create one of our own.

Before reading this poem, I had a pretty ordinary view of the world. I held the common paradigms. This poem taught me to be different, to take risks, to pursue something totally uncommon and make a celebration out of it. After reading this piece of work, I have chosen to be adventurous. We do not know what life has in store for us. Each choice sets the future off to a completely different course and I have decided to explore every element of life. I choose to step out of my comfort zone and try something new throughout my journey of life. I choose to "travel the road less travelled by" and I know it will make all the difference.

Please tell me what you think. More ideas will be appreciated! :)


GraceTaylorWei 12 / 41  
Dec 24, 2011   #2
" It will alter our life." It's a little vague, perhaps "Each decision can alter our lives"
I'm being critical here, so I'm gonna say that you should throw in a few personal anecdotes to back up your interpretation and perspective.

But overall I like it. Good luck :)
dhanu12 2 / 7  
Dec 24, 2011   #3
I really like the choice of your poem. It is really applicable to our daily lives.
The essay is well structured, but i think you may want to change your first paragraph because it is just paraphrasing the poem. You may want to start with an anecdote from your life, to make it more catchy. The essay gets convincing towards the end. Overall, its a good essay but pieces from your life (which I think will be interesting) will make the essay more lively.

Help with mine :)
parker 4 / 16  
Dec 24, 2011   #4
Your essay is really refreshing for its use of poem. The essay is well-structured. But I think dhanu12 is right: you should made some changes in first paragraph. anyway, good luck
kikuchi 2 / 7  
Dec 24, 2011   #5
This essay is unclear about you
I think first paragraph isn't attractive to reader
But,I like your essay
OP kruthimohan 5 / 20  
Dec 26, 2011   #6
Thank you :)

I'll change the first paragraph :)
dychung7 7 / 20  
Dec 26, 2011   #7
I would advise to make the language in the first paragraph more colorful.
However, don't change it to the extent where it loses your style and voice.

Also the sentence:
"The obvious basic meaning is that the poem is about a person's choices in life"

Maybe be a bit more subtle in the overall message of the poem. I understand that this it not an english paper but you can reword it so readers see it as a blatant statement.

Good Luck to you with your application!

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