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In the poems, “The Street” by Octavio, “The Road not Taken”, and “The Solitary” by Sara Teasdale, the main issue is about the decision-making process. In all the poems, the poets emphasize on the challenges in the decision-making exercise, citing differences and complications that may hinder individuals from making appropriate decisions. In addition to the complications in making individualized decisions, the poets emphasize on the attribute of coming of age, and rising up beyond the challenges to make the appropriate choice. In “the solitary”, the poet develops a character that engages in self-reflection and upon getting old, decides that its time to make choices based on personal desires, comfort and essence (Teasdale 1). The idea of self reflection and self analysis conforms to the expectation of the character, at which she declares her comfort to live within herself and to indulge in issues that suits her expectations. There is emphasis on deviation from the norms, and making decisions based on personal attributes and expectations, rather than relying on mob decisions, there is emphasis on the need to fulfill one`s desires based on situations and personal expectations. Coming of age signifies a transformation from one era to another and ensuring that an individual makes personified decisions that are accurate and independent.
One does not have to be under duress in order to make appropriate choices. Independent of choice is brought about by experiences and engaging in multiple analysis of situations to avoid biasness and to maintain credibility and desired reputation. The character tries to emphasis on the independence with coming of age, and the transformation from a dependence state to an independent state.
In “The Road Not taken”, the author emphasizes on the significance of making appropriate decisions that are based on merit and personal choices, rather than concentrating on mob decisions. The poet identifies a diversion at which one path looks less trodden and has grass, as an indication that few people followed it (Finger 478). However, there is emphasis on coming of age, at which the poet clarifies that decisions are based on personal attributes. The issue of coming of age is emphasized on the basis of having reached a certain level of personal decisions and overlooking the tension and pressure to act otherwise.
Humans go through many obstacles, within which some have mob influence and others seem popular. Within these poems, there is emphasis on the importance of concentrating on personal objectives and goals rather than following the mob.
In “The Streets”, there is emphasis on the aspect of coming of age, by describing a street, with mysterious people following the poet. The difference between the first street where the author is followed and the second street where the author follows a traveler signifies transformation and changes in a human life (Higdon 1). Coming of age is emphasized by the difference in the streets and the transformation of the poet from the person being followed, to the one following a lone traveler. Although the scenarios are the same, there is emphasis on changes that take place, which compels the poet to follow rather than be followed. In all these poems, emphasis is put on the transformation between one scenario to another and the ability to change from one situation to another. All characters transform to eventually make individual decisions on how to lead their lives, and how to deal with challenging and difficult situations.
Work Cited
Finger, Larry L.. “Frost`s “The Road Not Taken”: A 1925 Letter Come to Light”. American Literature 50. 3 (1978): 478 – 479. Print.
Higdon, Kristie. “The Street” by Octavio Paz: A poem analysis. 2012. Web. 10 March 2013.
Teasdale, Sara. The Solitary. 2003. Web. 10 March 2013.

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