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Comment 572 of 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, added on April 13th, 2009 at 4:23 PM.

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

Pieface from United States
Comment 565 of 1192, added on April 10th, 2009 at 12:05 PM.


HaraAppoida from United States
Comment 564 of 1192, added on April 4th, 2009 at 2:58 PM.

In 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert frost the last line would touch every
thought in each line of the poem to me. The 'difference' in the first
stanza shows us perhaps the Fall of his life with the "yellow wood" as
tree's leaves turn each fall, his life changes with each new road he
chooses. He also seems to take some time choosing which road here with,
"And looked down one as far as I could". He then looks down the one
opposite to it and chooses that one because it seems "grassy and wanted
wear" or hadn't been traveled much. In the third stanza he tells us the
difference that "In leaves no step had trodden black" as leaves do turn
when walked on and they start to become compost as they rot. He says "I
kept the first for another day!" which was wishful thinking because he
tells us to go back to it would mean tracing himself back to the beginning
of this path, which would be very difficult as "Yet knowing how way leads
on to way”. Again the "difference" shows up here because each path leads to
a network of paths and decisions. He says all this with a “sigh" as if to
say I chose what I chose and I must make the best of it I can. He also says
these paths we take are never ending in that we go threw "ages and ages
hence". He does insist on the road less traveled. This leads me to believe
he is up for the challenge that may come his way as a new path maker in
life. The difference here being you are forced to lead yourself and learn
from all you do, mistakes or failures or success or great choices.

Linda from United States
Comment 563 of 1192, added on March 16th, 2009 at 6:29 PM.

first of all i'am not from algeria,iam from Tunisia. i put algeria because
can't found Tunisia and algeria is near Tunisia.

the speaker in this poem is solitary traveller.
*travel--> symbolic meaning-->> people's journey in life.
*journey-->implies experience and knowledge.
--> it's not a coice it's rather an obligation.
this experience is a must-->the individual must undertake knowledge-->>
must be a personal achievement.
*the setting:
+ place--> woods--> a small forest--> related to nature.--> most of
Frost's poems are set in nature.This place is related to
unknowen->misterious place.
snowy woods--> winter-> feeling of cold-> loneliness.
snow--> winter-->> signifiance of death--> dead season .
+ time--> evening-> darkness-->24th of December.
evening night--> darkness VS snow--> white-->> colours--> white VS
black----->>> duality of life and death.
The speaker is hesitating between to persue his way or not--->> the theme
of hesitation;
-pursuing his way
-staying where he(woods/evening/winter/snow/dark/gloomy/calm/soft like
cotton...)--> he risks death--> he can loose conciousness...
for more analysis contact me on my E-mail :)

Ramy from Algeria

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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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