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This will be a compilation of literary works assigned to me by instructors at my college this semester. They will be educational and enjoyable to read. I hope they will bring a joyous atmosphere of entertainment for readers.

Classes will consist of;

Environmental Politics,
Nutritional Health,
History, and
English. As a little game; read the Plot Keywords as if they made up a sentence.



8. 2nd Wednesday


Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

In the first stanza, on the first line, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” means that the narrator had a choice between two directions that he could travel…”yellow wood,” hints that it may be fall, the leaves in the wood are yellow, in this setting. The narrator writes, in the second line, “And sorry I could not travel both,” he must choose one or the other. So, he looks down one direction, and it’s covered in undergrowth. The narrator mentions in the second stanza, that he—remember that he is alone this whole time—walks down the opposite road of that he peered. In the third stanza, the poem reveals that both roads are equal, “And both that morning equally lay,” but the road the narrator chose is the one he’s sticking to—he may not be so sure that he can turn around at this point. In the fourth stanza, it’s revealed that the direction he took is unique and that it has made a difference; you can conclude that the road he chose is good for him.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

In the first line, “Nature’s first green is gold,” the narrator points out that the environment is just as valuable as gold. The second line reads, “Her hardest hue to hold,” he is saying that the trees are of value, but are being cut down like they weren’t anything special. The poem reveals how precious and beautiful nature is, and how we take nature in, at first, like a flower; then forget about it like the flower was just a leaf—taking things for granted. “Eden,” being a perfect garden (Nature) is now as nothing to us. In the last line, “Nothing gold can stay,” the narrator is making it clear that we’ve taken too much from nature and have given little back.

Acquainted with the Night

This poem either means that the narrator literally likes being alone, especially at night. Or, that he feels alone, because of a loved one leaving, and is in the dark of things. It could even mean he hasn’t viewed things in the perspective of day. In this poem, I could only picture what he was saying in literal terms; for example, “I have walked out in rain—and back in rain,” he’s going to and fro.


The common ground lies were we draw the line and say, this way or that way, both will lead somewhere. We just need to choose.

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