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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 21 of 1111, added on October 13th, 2004 at 1:02 AM.

I first read this poem in a 9th grade english class and I have loved it
ever since. To me it conveys the uselessness of regret. Frost speaks of
never returning to the same divide in the path he takes and seems a bit
remorseful,yet obsolete in his decision.

megan from United States
Comment 20 of 1111, added on October 13th, 2004 at 12:41 AM.

The road not taken. Many people in today's world are trying to flow with
the crowd. They want to do what everyone else is doing; wear what everyone
else is wearing; be what everyone else is being. People today are not
their own thinkers. Not only that, but they want the "easy way out." The
world is getting lazier and lazier. Why work hard and get good grades when
you can cheat off another person's homework? The answer is improvement.
That should be everyone's goal in life; leave better than you came. These
the things that come to mind when Robert Frost ends his poem with, "And
that has made all the difference." Our hard work and individuality, in the
end, makes all the difference.

Jodi from United States
Comment 19 of 1111, added on October 12th, 2004 at 4:03 PM.

This is an absolutely great poem. I am only in 8th grade and I was
asssigned to read this poem.

This poems clearly states that we have to make decisions in life. We can
either take safe choices-the road often traveled by or the risky ones-the
beautiful but less traveld by one. Its up to you on what you want to
decide. This is one of Frost's easy poems. It is easy to understand the

AsainChickD from United States
Comment 18 of 1111, added on October 11th, 2004 at 8:40 PM.

This poem is one of Robert Frost's best. He demonstrates how we have the
freedom to make our own choice, and how everyone can be thereself and not
follow the road everyone else is taking.

Emily from United States
Comment 17 of 1111, added on October 11th, 2004 at 9:30 AM.

I would like to put forward the use of a trick scientists have been using
for decades. What is Simpler/More Likely??
When there are two theories that satisfies a phenomenon/question/etc. the
simpler is more likeky. Some people might think it is wrong to use such a
technique on an artform, espescially poetry. But, Frost was a human, and
unless he wanted it to be specificaly confusing, he would have one meaning
in mind. Assumeing he did not set out to make a multi-purpose ( NOT
MULTI-LAYERD), I was fully set on taking the literal view of taking a
harder path, yada yada. On reading jelly rolls coment however, I puase.
Some of what he said makes since, but he throws so much bombastity into it,
that it's hard to make out what he truly meant other than "I realise I'm
arrogant, there's a reason to. Mindless worms..."
He asks us to ask him for his interpretation. Alright, please enlighten us
O great poetry guru! Be to us for poetry as Einstien was for physics! Let
the common peoples see what you do!
And for all of the sarcasm dripping off each word, I really am quite
interested in an alternitive analysis other than the ones above.

alex from United States
Comment 16 of 1111, added on October 10th, 2004 at 8:02 PM.

This poem represents life as a journey of choices. The forks are choices
you come to and the road you go down depends on what decision you make. The
lesser traveled road is the road a leader would want to take, someone who
doesn't follow the crowd.

Lexi from United States
Comment 15 of 1111, added on October 7th, 2004 at 7:02 PM.

The Road Not Taken is the one we all dare to travel down. It is an
adventure, the path of learning and knowledge. New discoveries are made
there if we dare to go there. It takes courage, and faith in oneself to
dare to travel upon it. It is an open trail to everyone but a harder more
difficult one. It is an eye-opener, a soul seeker, a place to reflect and
build. If you dare to take it and accomplish all that you set out to
do...then leave all the buliding blocks for the next one to build upon.
Divine wisdom comes from the spirit of a man that came from his Great

Comment 14 of 1111, added on October 4th, 2004 at 10:13 PM.

Do any of you believe in anything? There are not many meanings in this
poem. Frost is a genius, because he, like Shakespeare provides two ways of
reading his works: the fallen view for the sentimentalists and the wise
view for those who have the conviction and awareness to search for truth by
noticing the details. The poem is not called the road less travelled by.
It is called The Road Not Taken. Why do so many think it is called the
former? Because they see the world the way they want to see it (Disney
fans no doubt) rather than the way it actually is. These are the people
who have the thing framed on their wall, as if to express to the world that
they are proud nonconformists (ego), or to comfort themselves by convincing
themselves that their fuck-ups are justified by their courage (ego). These
are the people that see two roads that look pretty much the same, and then
pat themselves on the back for choosing the difficult one. Ultimately, the
most difficult path is the one where you admit the truth about yourself, by
not glorifying your past decisions, but by being happy with yourself no
matter if you made good ones or bad ones. That is the road not taken by
most, and that is the road Frost would like you to take so you can stop
living in denial and start getting real. I know what you relativists out
there are thinking. This guy sounds like an arrogant prick and if he's
right about Frost then he too is an elitist. All I'll say to that is that
nothing truly worthwile is easy, nothing truly true is accessible to people
who don't search every nook and cranny, and the only way to join the club
is to stop saying everybody has a right to their opinion and start
believing you might just be right. If you'd like my analysis of the poem,
just ask.

jellyroll from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 1111, added on October 3rd, 2004 at 8:13 PM.

all of you have valid points. i can say no more

E. E. Cummings from United States
Comment 12 of 1111, added on September 28th, 2004 at 8:15 PM.

This poem produces a multitude of implications, which each indivicual can
interpret to his or her own liking. The interpretation that I
predominately tend to deem acceptable embraces the thought of Frost, later
in life, telling this story to others, and embellishing the details or
facts to seem more attractive. However, to each his own.

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Kevin 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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