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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 427 of 1117, added on March 29th, 2007 at 8:12 PM.

I really dont understand what robert frost means with the phrase "how way
leads on to way"... can someone please explain me please.

Kaila
Comment 426 of 1117, added on March 29th, 2007 at 2:03 PM.

I have to write an analysis on this poem for my english class. Not only is
it my favorite poem but I think it has an amazing meaning. Life is about
choices...and this poem is too. The only thing I want to know is if Frost
believes the choice that was made was good....or bad. "difference" is the
word he uses...but it's sooooo vague. Also he says "sigh"...But I don't get
if it's a happy sigh or a distressed sigh

Dani Rayeet if from United States
Comment 425 of 1117, added on March 29th, 2007 at 1:40 PM.

The first poem in Frost's book "Mountain Interval", "The Road Not Taken,"
has long been a favorite. Like many of his poems it seems simple, but it is
not excatly striaghtforward, and even perceptive readers have disagreed
over its best interpretation. It looks like a personal peom about a
decision of vast importance, but there is evidence to the contrary both
inside and outside the poem. Frost has created a richly mysterious reading
experiance out of a marvekous economy of means.

The first significant thing about "The Road Not Taken" is its title,
which presumably refers to an unexcersized option-something about which the
speaker can only speculate. The traveler comes to a fork in the road
through a "yellow wood" and wishes he could somehow manage to "travel both"
routes; he rejects that aspiration as impractical, however, at least for
the day at hand. The road he selects us "the one less traveled by,"
suggesting the desision of an individualist, someone little inclined ti
follow the crowd. Almost imediatley, however, he seems to contradict his
own judgement: "Through as for that passing there/ Had worn them really
about the same." The poet appears to imply that the desicion is based on
evidence that is, or comes close to being, an illusion.

The contradictions continue. He decides to save the first, (perhaps)
more traveled route for another day, but then confesses that he does not
think if probable that he will return, implying that this seemingly casual
and inconsequential choice is really likely to be crucial-one of the
choices of life that involve commitment or lead to the necessity of other
choices that will divert the traveler forever from the original stopping
place. In the final stanza, the traveler says that he will be "telling
this with a sigh," which may connote regret. His choice, in any event,
"has made all the difference." The tone of this stanza, coupled with the
the title, strongly suggests that the traveler, if not regretting his
choicem at least laments the possibilities that the necessity of making a
choice leaves unfulfilled.



That is all I have time for, but should be sufficient.

thank you

Nostradomis from China
Comment 424 of 1117, added on March 29th, 2007 at 7:01 AM.

First off, like the majority, I really love this poem. However, it'd be my
guess that he really didn't have much faith in his ability as a poet seeing
as how this poem was written just as he was returning to the US from
England with only one book under his belt and the fourth stanza seems to
predict regret on the speakerís part. If that's the case, then it's
perfect for his statement of such to be one of his most beloved poems!
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Saven from United States
Comment 423 of 1117, added on March 28th, 2007 at 2:06 PM.

Estodo parientes ta fregon el poem jajaja

El chapo Guman from Mexico
Comment 422 of 1117, added on March 27th, 2007 at 3:31 PM.

Well the interpretation is quite unique. Each person has their view on it;
only the creator knows its true meaning. Despite this I'll add that most of
you guys are correct, it's about choices. People choose the road that most
people travel(along the line of conformity), while others travel a path
that others rarely tread. It's an interesting poem that mask the sorrow
thats actually in it.

Shinji from Japan
Comment 421 of 1117, added on March 15th, 2007 at 12:17 PM.

This, this has to be one of the most interresting poem I have ever seen, I
must admit at first I though it was abit silly, because I really did'nt
understand what he ment, then I relized, 2 Paths ( 2 Choices in Life ) he
must make one, and live by his diciscion and never look back, he also
wantted to make a difference in his life, "The path with grassy wear" was
one of them, he picked that road because it was "less traveled by" now I
see he wantted to make a difference and I hope to also make a difference in
life also, RIP Robert Frost....

William Spiers from United Kingdom
Comment 420 of 1117, added on March 14th, 2007 at 12:18 PM.

I absolutely love this poem! Frost is simply talking about the choices he
has made in his life. Coming to the path is chosing which choice to make,
and hes comfused because he doesn't know which will be a better choice..
In the end, I think he chooses the right path (or choice) but he is always
wondering what the other path (choice) would have been like and if it would
have been a better one!

Jessica from United States
Comment 419 of 1117, added on February 26th, 2007 at 7:19 PM.

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bree from United States
Comment 418 of 1117, added on February 23rd, 2007 at 11:11 AM.

I love this poem and am doing it for my poetry presentation. I love the
mystery of which road to take although I don't understand it because I have
never read it.

Big Zach 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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