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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 69 of 1129, added on December 16th, 2004 at 8:59 AM.

The "road not taken" is more than the decison that we make in live. What we
do affect us and thoes around us. If we make one descion, than that would
influence other, thus creating a chain effect. All of what we do, no matter
how small and insignificant will affect every one. Going to work an extra
tem mintues (for example) could help you avoid a fatal car accident or the
cause of your death. The fact is, we dot not MAKE any descison. They are
already made for us. Our path that we take in life have already been weave
into the fabric of time. Though we can alter certain things (Like what we
wear, who are friends are, are to name a few) our path have already been
decided for us. We just try to make it as "comfotable" as we can. After
all, life is like a piece of clothing. Sometimes certain "thread" comes
lose so we just have to fix it. In the end, though we lose that "thread" we
still have the entire piece of "clothing" or rather, our destiny. So you
see, what happen to our lives will happen and there is nothing that we can
to to prevent it.

Azin Kid from Vietnam
Comment 68 of 1129, added on December 9th, 2004 at 12:24 PM.

hola me llamo Ashlee. di es una bien

Ashlee from Bolivia
Comment 67 of 1129, added on December 6th, 2004 at 1:48 PM.

I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments on "The Road Not Taken." I'm
sure all of us have certain poets that inspire us or create a sense of
self. When life becomes tough and depressing...I turn to art. Frost has
inspired my senses and thus inspired the sense of self (of course---I now
realize that its on a sliding scale).

Roddy from Peru
Comment 66 of 1129, added on December 5th, 2004 at 7:14 PM.

I should be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence I had a
friend that had more in mind that way. That never mind in which way it went
that he be sorry that he didnt go the other way and hed go along forever
until eternity, sigh. He had a melancholy about everything that I dont
have you know I could mock anything out of my system." - Frost

Frost wrote this poem with his friend, Edward Thomas in mind. Thomas moved
from U.S. to England to seek higher oppurtunities and he thought he had
made the wrong choice until he met Frost. Thomas wrote the greatest reviews
for Frost "Boys Will" & "North of Boston". There were two choices he could
only choose one and he chose the one "less traveled by".
Sometimes when we choose the 'road less taken' we assume it was the wrong
one because things don't just seem to work out, that road seems so risky
and you never know what to expect. Makes me think that we should always
strive to be different and not follow what everyone does and it may turn
out for the better, just like it did for Thomas.

"I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

Carolina from United States
Comment 65 of 1129, added on December 5th, 2004 at 6:51 PM.

I strongley beleive that this poem is about freedom and about making
choices. You should not always relie on others so you should make your own
chocies. In many cases people don't make the PERFECT decision but they went
threw life trying as hard as they could. In my humble opinion i think that
this is a wonderful poem and it is very overpowering to me

Erin from Canada
Comment 64 of 1129, added on December 5th, 2004 at 3:21 PM.

Mr. Womack,
You are correct that Frost was inspired to write the poem by his friend's
indecision. This is precisely why we should read the poem closely enough
to hear Frost mocking the friend's absurd desire to control the
uncontrollable instead of just enjoying the road he is on. Read more about
Frost and you will find that he admits what might have inspired him to
write particular poems, but he will never give away the meaning. This is
not because their are multiple meanings. It is because Frost only wanted
the deserving to gain wisdom and delight. According to Frost, his poems
are meant to "trip us headfirst into the boundless." Saying that the poem
can have multiple interpretations is being too careful not to trip. Frost
taunts us to take risks. This is his true genius.

jellyroll from United Kingdom
Comment 63 of 1129, added on December 5th, 2004 at 9:05 AM.

This poem means a lot to me because it is talking about being different and
being ok with it. He said the he took the road less traveled by and it was
the better choice! I watch the movie "The Dead Poet's Society" and that
poem with many others was quoted in the movie. Since then I have been
really into Robert Frost and just poetry in general and from the poem I
learned it is ok to be different and it is ok to take the path that most
people don't! Robert Frost was a genius!

Comment 62 of 1129, added on December 5th, 2004 at 1:37 AM.

"The Road Not Taken" is my favorite poem. It is inspirational,
thought-provoking, profound in scope, and brilliantly wise in its
simplicity. It is a magnificent metaphor for life. And, according to the
poet himself, he intended NONE of that when he wrote it. Frost has gone on
record very clearly that he wrote this poem in response to walks he often
took with a close friend who was indecisive and always second-guessed his
choices of country paths to take them down. Don't believe me? Browse the
internet, do a little research, pull up Frost's own writings and check out
his comments regarding the poem. I love the poem as much as anyone and
more than most. I also agree with one who posted earlier that poetry can
have multiple levels of meaning---both foor the poet and for the reader.
Frost was a genius and, in my opinion, the greatest poet period. Lest
someone think I am overstating his gift, let me remind you Frost won
four---count'em, four---Pulitzer Prizes. He is the king. BUT---the
simple truth is that in this instance, most of our responses reflect what
we take from this poem and not what Frost put into it. And that is not a
bad thing.

Robert Womack from United States
Comment 61 of 1129, added on December 4th, 2004 at 8:27 AM.

I think he chooses yellow wood for the color of the leaves, that is, the
season, Fall or approaching Winter. And it's in the Fall the paths are
covered by fallen leaves. Does it mean he was downhill? His feeling (sad,
old) ? But I'm still waiting for someone to shed some light on that.

tw from Taiwan
Comment 60 of 1129, added on December 1st, 2004 at 9:48 PM.

does anybody know why he chose to use a 'yellow' wood?

I would imagine that Frost uses a "yellow" wood because yellow is a color
often used to symbolize youth, hope, and life. The poem's narrarator makes
the decision of which path to choose when he is in his youth.

KG from United States

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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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