3. Which of the following excerpts from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a symbolism example?
A. I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence
B. I doubted if I should ever come back.
C. Then took the other [road], as just as fair, / And having perhaps the better claim , / Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
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Answer: The excerpt in C talks about a road which is “grassy and wanted wear.” This road symbolizes the poet’s choice to go down a less common path in life, and not just the literal path in the forest. The other two excerpts are simply his reflections on the choice, rather than the symbol itself.
Contrast is the antonym of simile . In poetic compositions, it is common for poets to set out an elaborate contrast or elaborate simile as the argument. For example, John Donne and the metaphysical poets developed the conceit as a literary device, where an elaborate, implausible, and surprising analogy was demonstrated. In Renaissance poetry, and particularly in sonnets , the contrast was similarly used as a poetic argument. In such verse, the entire poem argues that two seemingly alike or identical items are, in fact, quite separate and paradoxically different. These may take the form of my love is unlike all other women or I am unlike her other loves .