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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 57 of 1117, added on November 16th, 2004 at 11:18 PM.

Matthew,
I agree that Frost used "by" to maintain the rhyme scheme. However, I
don't think he would ever choose a word that could be taken another way
just for rhyme. The beauty of his poetry is that it combines both
perfection of technique and idea. Also, the idea of going "by" something
that we shouldn't go by is in other Frost poems. For instance, in "Desert
Places" the speaker says of himself, "In a field I looked into going past."
Most read this as the speaker considering passing the field. Recognizing
the similar theme in many Frost poems, it is safe to say that the speaker
is looking into the field while walking by it. For more examples of this
word play, check "On a Tree Fallen Across the Road," as well as "Nothing
Gold Can Stay." Don't forget, read the poems really have two
speakers...the fallen narrator and Frost beneath (or above) him. Keep
looking and you will see.

jellyroll from United Kingdom
Comment 56 of 1117, added on November 16th, 2004 at 12:41 AM.

To me it sounds like he is choosing between two girls. One is a virgin and
one is not. He chooses the virgin because he knows that if he changes his
mind down the road, he can always get with the one that puts out.

17 yr old from United States
Comment 55 of 1117, added on November 16th, 2004 at 12:28 AM.

It was a great analysis jelly, and it helped clear some things up for me,
but there is one thing that I'm certain you messed up on. When Frost says
"I took the one less traveled by" he means the same thing as "the one less
traveled". The only reason that he put "by" on the end of the line was in
order to keep the A B A A B rhyme going. Therefore your whole theory on
that is wrong. One more thing, does anybody know why he chose to use a
'yellow' wood. He could have picked any kind of wood he wanted, so why a
yellow wood?

Matthew from United States
Comment 54 of 1117, added on November 15th, 2004 at 10:12 PM.

you're all gimps, poetry is for knobs with no social life, very much like
yourselves. all these smuts debating what shakespear meant by this and
you're special fuckerts that. Grow up

i.p freely from Australia
Comment 53 of 1117, added on November 14th, 2004 at 4:32 PM.

What Mr. Frost is saying to me is that do your own thing. Have your own
meaning about life and what you make of it. If it turns out bad or good or
whatever decisions you make in life, you took chances. And if you didn't
take these chances you will spend the rest of your life wondering if I
should have or not. I can relate to this poem in my own life.

Patricia from United States
Comment 52 of 1117, added on November 13th, 2004 at 8:33 PM.

I am a poetry freak and I admire all types of serious poetry, but this poem
is so tottaly beyond admiration.
With this poem I can relate to with my problems and it helps me find
asolution to them because poetry I feel is a big role in my life. I am
currently involved in alot of literature clubs including uil and this poem
would tottaly rock if i took it to competition. thanx for reading my
comment

Maria A.K.A Airam from United States
Comment 51 of 1117, added on November 12th, 2004 at 3:14 PM.

Hi all.."the road not taken" is truly inspirational..simple words, complex
idea..that is the core of this exceptional poem which is timeless.

Annapurna Chandra from United States
Comment 50 of 1117, added on November 12th, 2004 at 2:38 PM.

i would like to know one thing is this poem ment to be a story wisetail or
a plot for people to fallow? it seems that life is twisted and that is what
leads us all. No? we all look for ansers and others to show us the way but
there is no point in that. for they know what we know. so what is it that
we know? i can't say but it is the last thing on my mind befor i close my
eyes. so it is the last thing on your mind. think for the time being but
the is no ansers in the places we look. In all peaces of writing teachers
tell us to look for meaning but is there any?

kevin from Canada
Comment 49 of 1117, added on November 12th, 2004 at 12:18 PM.

it seems my life has lead me hear to think and that there was only to paths
in life but it can be said they will meet but will not end and someone will
take the path you didn't there is an end with out an end. and a path with
out happyness.
there is no need for words in the lost part of the woods.

Bradly from Canada
Comment 48 of 1117, added on November 12th, 2004 at 10:50 AM.

I've read some of the comments on this particular poem and while I have no
wish to denigrate them, I do wish that the poem along with some of his
other work such as 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' were read in the
spirit that they were probably written in. Just read them as pictures
drawn by an observant countryman, without analysing the rivets out of them.

David J Lavisher from United Kingdom

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 1. The Road Not Taken
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
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