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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 534 of 1194, added on April 21st, 2008 at 11:33 AM.

To me this poem has a very good message. I would say Robert Frost is
saying that when people choose their own path in life and don't follow the
crowd they will get much more out of life. If we take the "road less
traveled by" it may be more difficult but in the end we will get much more
out of it. He uses good imagery of the two roads and it gave me a better
visual and made the poem more interesting.

alexa r from United States
Comment 533 of 1194, added on March 18th, 2008 at 3:34 PM.

I'm not sure if Frost means the ways in our real life, but what i would
love to say that, political makers should take and follow the right path in
thier ruling time in the governments. You would say that it's not lnking
with what he says, but politically we make a lot of decisions not
recognising the situation that they are in, this poem in my opinion is
showing the challenges facing those politicians to follow a righ route, not
being hurtled makers of decisions, and think twice before doing that, after
that, they regret what they have made!!
Actually, Life is like a rose if you touch it smoothly you will get and
taste the beauty, but if you touch it hardly, you'll be hurt.
I think Frost wants to justify the hardness of life and show us the way of
happiness to be satisfied people in our life..

I wish that my explaination is jusstified.
Thank you so much for Frost for every thing and poems.

Shuaib Nasarat from Jordan
Comment 532 of 1194, added on March 16th, 2008 at 2:08 AM.

i think this poem is saying that in life we are faced with tough decisions
and of course, we have to make a choice about which way to go, like the
fork in the road, they are the two options he has which are layed out in
front of him. one way may be the easier option but not always the best, yet
it seems most people are attracted in that direction because it takes less
effort. the other is the harder way, but the better way. so, perhaps Frost
is saying that if you take 'the road less travelled', you will find greater
contempt than if you took the road that had been worn away... hahaha, i
have no idea what i just said...!!! too much procrastinating has destroyed
my working brain!!

Rosie from Australia
Comment 531 of 1194, added on March 7th, 2008 at 2:52 AM.

Forgive me if I am completely misplaced because it has been quite some
since I last visited American Literature--and Robert Frost.

However, I sense that many commentators here have overlooked some
and specific language Frost intentionally employed in this poem. As a
result of this oversight, these commentators have too strongly asserted
that Frost mocked romantic ideals of nastalgia and life.

Clearly, there exists a potential argument that Frost may have been
offering a caliber of criticism and satire. For example, the suggestion
that we could save the first road for another day: "Oh, I kept the first
for another day!" However, this is a flawed argument because it is
to revisit a life-altering decision. In fact, many have altered the course
of their lives in midstream by revisiting decisions. To offer contemporary
example, a mother in her mid-40s earing a college degree after dropping
of highschool at the age of 17. Clearly, this typ of example was less
available in the 19th century, yet others examples of "second choices" did
exist--such as accumulating a fortune in ranching or mining. Still other
examples exist. Therefore, it is possible that Frost may have implicitly
offered this "Reality Americana" to reader--and not cynically dismiss the
idea that a revisiting of a life-altering decision was impossible.

Furthermore, to strongly assert that Frost is cynically criticizing those
romanic idealists who at times enjoy nastalgic recollections, or believe
they can travel 2 roads in life is misplaced. By offering this sentiment,
the argument sustains a very difficult position of explaining away Frost's
last sentence: "And that has made all the difference." Without doubt, it
a vulnerable argument to convey that Frost communicated cynicism and
mockery of romantic ideals when at the crescendo of his poem he produces
the most romantic of all notions--to engage in probably the most
challenging of life-trajectories. According to Frost, this engagement
seemed to matter the most, and offer the greatest of sattisfaction.

To be sure, it is a difficult endeavour to explanin why Frost applied this
sentence to his peom without accepting that he was embracing a romantic
old American ideal of hard work, perseverance, and sattisfaction in
challenging oneself. Unless the position is advanced that Frost simply and
universally misled readers with romanic works while fevershly mocking life
and choice, it must be accepted he was celebrating the moment of
life-altering choice, and the decision to pursue the more unique life
Without doubt, if the assumption that the more unique life-road is more
unique because it is more difficult, Frost is also celebrating hard work
and the decision to engage in this work

The position that Frost simply and universally misled readers with romanic
works while fevershly mocking life and choice is possible, but unlikely.
fact, Frost specifically reveals that he will probably never return to
divergence because life will not avail him the opportunity: "Yet Knowing
how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back." If Frost
mocking life and our inability to exercise choice by offering romantic
words and notions, it is once again difficult to explain why he
indicates he will not be capable of returning to this divergence. This
specific assertion seems to suggest that he is not hiding a message--that
he is forthright and transparent. Otherwise, it would seem Frost would
concealed this inability to return to the divergence. The fact he clealry
asserts this inability weakens the notion that he is mocking life and the
availability of choice (and perhaps free will)--as if somehow implying we
have no choice.

Clearly, Frost states he is incapable of a return to the divergence
of the vigors of life. For this reason, it seems readers should be
more literal and less symbolic in analyzing Frost if the assumption is
accepted that he is employing some degree of consistency. Clearly this
assumption makes sense: a poet's message often reflects consistency.
Indeed, a poet would probably not write of God and then alter paths
midstream and write of the culture of ants. The poet would continue
of God. In short, and with the application of this logically parallel
example, Frost is offering his feelings freely and transparently--thus the
argument for hidden and symbolic mockery is not there.

There is little doubt, Frost forthrightly offers his perspective on the
choices of life in The Road Not Taken. Frost specifically asserts the
poem's narrator (perhaps Frost himself) is at a difficult position in
and a life-altering decision is necessary. He analyzes both options with
depth, and realizes he will not sustain a second opportunity to produce
this choice. After careful deliberation, the narrator chooses a trajectory
that is relatively less employed. This lesser relative employment perhaps
infers that it is a more difficult journey. Yet, in the end, Frost
that this relatively unique trajectory (and perhaps more difficult
endeavour) offered him the greatest of sattisfaction probably due to not
only its uniqueness, but its challenges as well: "And it has made all of
the difference."

Micheal from United States
Comment 530 of 1194, added on February 26th, 2008 at 11:40 AM.

This poem is one of my favorites and I would give it two thumbs up. I love

Jordan from United States
Comment 529 of 1194, added on February 24th, 2008 at 8:41 AM.

no matter what road we choose (easy or difficult road) we should be
responsible enough and brave enough to face whatever problem that may arise
from those dicissions.

wilma from Philippines
Comment 528 of 1194, added on February 11th, 2008 at 3:41 PM.

im at school

Dylan from Australia
Comment 527 of 1194, added on February 9th, 2008 at 3:50 AM.

I can learn everything from this poem

Fina Setiyaningsih from Indonesia
Comment 526 of 1194, added on February 1st, 2008 at 12:48 PM.

Our mind usually oscillate, what to choose. We should be bold enough to
take risks to know the hidden treasure.

muhilan from India
Comment 525 of 1194, added on January 23rd, 2008 at 4:18 PM.

i like this poem a lot....but people need top stop saying,' it's about'
you can only say that if robert frost told you himself! say,'i think it's
about'. i know i have a lot of ideas but for all i know he could be writing
about which type of tomato sauce to buy for the dinner!! okay obvisouly
it's not quite like that but you get my point.....
love it!!!
one of my english coursework poems...one of my faviourtes and i'm always
coming up with new meanings every time i read it......

Loweze 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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