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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 575 of 1135, added on April 29th, 2009 at 1:34 AM.

In "The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost reflects the poem on his own life. In
this poem the road is used to show the different pathways Robert Frost
could have chosen for his career. He could have been a full time school
teacher, a farmer, or an editor in a newspaper. Instead Robert Frost took
the road less traveled and became a successful poet.

Michael McCullough from United States
Comment 574 of 1135, added on April 29th, 2009 at 12:34 AM.

"The Road Not Taken" reflects the views of making one's own decisions in
life and to step away from the various trends in society. Robert Frost uses
iambic rhythm and narrative dialogue to create his own personal touch on
every work he has ever written. His works are traditional yet experimental,
which could possibly be the reason he wrote this poem. His poetry is
experimental and; therefore, "the road less traveled by". Frost was also
unaffected by the clamor of modernism which is yet another "road not
taken".

Christina Zimmerman from United States
Comment 573 of 1135, added on April 29th, 2009 at 12:16 AM.

In Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken, he uses the diversion in the
road as a symbol for how he has lived his life. In his poem he wrote, "Two
roads diverged in a wood, and I-/I took the one less traveled by" (Frost
18). In his life he made a similar decision by deciding to leave Dartmouth
College after one semester to work as a farmer. Therefore, Frost, by
deciding to leave college to farm, took the road less traveled by.

Jonathon Berschauer from United States
Comment 572 of 1135, added on April 28th, 2009 at 11:58 PM.

I believe what poet Robert Frost was implying in this poem was that in
every humanbeings life they will face decisions. Some hard and some a
little bit easier. Furthermore, he is saying that the road less taken, or
harder but possibly much more rewarding route is bound to pay off. This
theme is very evident in several movies and books alike.

Riley Ludwig from United States
Comment 571 of 1135, added on April 28th, 2009 at 11:06 PM.

Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ reflects many aspects of his life.
Frost has moved to many places throughout his time, and he had to face a
number of decisions. One example is, Frost had chosen to leave Dartmouth
College after one semester because he wasn’t ready for a higher education.
Therefore, he went back to Massachusetts to teach school, to work in a
cotton mill and to write. This event in his life can reflect on the poem
because he had the decision to either stay in College to go back home.
“And looked down one as far as I could”, this line in the poem is saying
that he tried to imagine what his life would be like if he had chosen
either road, in this case, staying in Dartmouth College or going back home
to work and write. One of many literary techniques used in this poem is
imagery. ‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood’, this gives the reader an
image in their mind of the writer stuck between a crossroad and needs to
decide which way to go to continue his journey of life. Also,
personification is used in this poem, ‘Because it was grassy and wanted
wear’ this line suggests that the road is wanting something as if the road
is alive and has human characteristics.

fiona carter from United States
Comment 570 of 1135, added on April 28th, 2009 at 9:08 PM.

Robert Frost moved to many places during his life. Some places are San
Francisco, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, England, New York, etc. This poem,
The Road Not Taken, reflects Frost's life because Frost needed to make
decisions on where to go. Moving to England made a big difference for Frost
because that's where his writing first caught people's eyes. This poem also
describes the obstacles in life. Choosing which road to take, even if it is
the "one less traveled by." This also relates to Frost in a way that he had
to choose to go to Harvard or write. One thing you may notice about this
poem is the style. Frost uses a style called iambic rhythm. This literary
technique is using small groups of syllables to make a sort of "da dum" or
"dum da" sound. This gives the poem a constant feel throughout and also
makes it easy to read.

Brian Nakamura from United States
Comment 569 of 1135, added on April 28th, 2009 at 8:25 PM.

Robert Frost found many subjects in New England, he moved there when he was
10. Went he went to Harvard he had to choose between writing and going to
Harvard. He would say that harvard took away from his writing. This poem
has a very good ryehme scheme, I like the way certain lines ryheme and some
dont. Robert frost would even write poems at JFK's ignauguration. Robert
Frost had a homely philosophy of self-reliance and the road represents that
in a way. He was also had a philosophy of spiritual independance. I think
Frost intwines his philosophies into his poetry. In my opion this poem is
very influentual and shows that you can take the road that not everyone
else takes.

Stefanie Wallensack from United States
Comment 568 of 1135, added on April 28th, 2009 at 6:47 PM.

Robert Frost's meaning behind his poem The Road Not Taken, is a traveler
comes to a halt when he is faced with taking taking two paths one which is
"the one less traveled by." Coming to this two way decision symbolizes the
hard decisions that people have to make in their lives and being stuck on
which one is best for you. Which Frost might have been referring to
obstacles he faced in his life. "Because it was grassy and wanted wear," is
a symbol of personification as a result of not being traveled on as much it
wants and is in need of something just like we humans are in want and need
of something at times.

Sahar Saghafi from United States
Comment 567 of 1135, added on April 21st, 2009 at 6:59 PM.

I love this poem. My class read it too! We didi a activity. I love Robert
Frost and his poems!

Sarojit Roy from United States
Comment 566 of 1135, added on April 13th, 2009 at 4:23 PM.

this is a wonderful poem. very nice i LOVE IT!!!

Pieface 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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