"When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi BerraRobert Frost on his own poetry: "One stanza of 'The Road Not Taken' was written while I was sitting on a sofa in the middle of England: Was found three or four years later, and I couldn't bear not to finish it. I wasn't thinking about myself there, but about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other. He was hard on himself that way." Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 23 Aug. 1953
ABOUT THIS POEM:meaning: The literal meaning of this poem by Robert Frost is pretty obvious. A traveler comes to a fork in the road and needs to decide which way to go to continue his journey. After much mental debate, the traveler picks the road "less traveled by." The figurative meaning is not too hidden either. The poem describes the tuogh choices people stand for when traveling the road of life. The words "sorry" and "sigh" make the tone of poem somewhat gloomy. The traveler regrets leaves the possibilities of the road not chosen behind. He realizes he probably won't pass this way again. devices: There are plenty literary devices in this poem to be discovered. One of these is antithesis. When the traveler comes to the fork in the road, he wishes he could travel both. Within the current theories of our physical world, this is a non possibility (unless he has a split personality). The traveler realizes this and immediately rejects the idea. Yet another little contradiction are two remarks in the second stanza about the road less traveled. First it's described as grassy and wanting wear, after which he turns to say the roads are actually worn about the same (perhaps the road less traveled makes travelers turn back?). personification: All sensible people know that roads don't think, and therefore don't want. They can't. But the description of the road wanting wear is an example of personification in this poem. A road actually wanting some as a person would. However: some believe this to be incorrect and believe "wanting wear" is not a personification, but rather older English meaning "lacking". So it would be "Because it was grassy and lacked wear;".
ABOUT THE PAINTING:the artist: Paul Cezanne is today considered a forerunner of modern painting, even though in his lifetime he exhibited little and his contemporaries were impressionists. Cezanne was born in the south of France in 1839, and studied law in his early years. However, he continued attending drawing classes. Cezanne's father was not particularly pleased when one day he mentioned he wanted to paint for a living. Good thing his father didn't really blow his top, since the inheritance Cezanne received allowed him to live comfortably and paint. the painting: The painting "Road at Chantilly" stems from 1888, which is during Cezanne's "constructive" phase. This phase of his professional painting career is marked by the parallel hatched brushstrokes in certain formations that build up mass. In this painting you can see the masses of color (light and dark) overlapping to create a sense of trees. Even the house and the end of the road is not painted as such: look close and you'll see a few painted windows with some lines as a roof. This create the mass of a house at the end of the road in Chantilly.