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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 188 of 898, added on August 24th, 2005 at 7:34 PM.

i believe that this poem has several meanings although only a few are
chosen to be found

jamie from Australia
Comment 187 of 898, added on August 21st, 2005 at 2:39 PM.

for me he didnt took anyof the roads he made his own road and so many
perople chosse the wroong road every day in this poem i heard sad and
worried because he fogot to do sometinhg int he past and he dindt get done
so my opinion is the if don let for tomorrow wath you can get done today
and leader not a folower

Alex from United States
Comment 186 of 898, added on August 18th, 2005 at 7:24 PM.

I believe this is an open-minded poem and no one person is either right nor
wrong in how they deplict the meaning behind it.

kathy c. from United States
Comment 185 of 898, added on August 18th, 2005 at 5:24 PM.

Robert Frost is in a very big dilemma and his decision is really tough
because it will change his life: Notice when he reports, "yellow wood", by
wood he means the forest and yellow represents the yellow leaves which fall
in the autumn (so maybe he is refering to a specific season, too) and they
bloom again! It also says the word, "traveller": traveller is not only a
person who walks, maybe you can travel by swimming or any other way! Which
means he was ready for this tough decision, he Knew that the two paths were
gonna be difficult!

Jules from Cyprus
Comment 184 of 898, added on August 15th, 2005 at 1:33 PM.

i read this poem meny times and i belive that the poet tried to be diffrent
and maybe he is really diffrent but in the end he is not happy,he lost alot
of things or maybe persons to be diffrent...

nahida a baki
Comment 183 of 898, added on August 4th, 2005 at 6:59 PM.

I belive that Robert Frost is talking about two things in his life. One
thing is the one that everybody knows, and the other is the one that only a
few people tryed. By taking the road less traveled he learns a whole lot af
new things. And taking the road less traveled had made all the diferese.

Alex Orzya from United States
Comment 182 of 898, added on August 1st, 2005 at 10:24 PM.

I believe this is a poem about fear and regret. In the beginning of the
poem the speaker is in a "yellow wood" representing a fearful decision. He
could have choose path# 1; safe and familiar or path# 2; fearful and
unknown. He had glorious ideas about his future and ventured out onto path#
2. He however stepped carefully through life as to not burn any bridges "In
leaves no step had trodden black." This was done so that if path# 2 got too
scarey he could always go back to the safe and familiar path "Oh, I kept
the first for another day!" But as his life continued it's journey he found
that he was not truely willing to venture the unknown and found that what
was once safe and familiar is now just a memory. You will notice as he
states later in life he will tell the story with a sigh. He no longer
mentions his fear or that he can not take both roads. In essence the road
not taken is one without fear.

Bessy from United States
Comment 181 of 898, added on August 1st, 2005 at 4:09 AM.

this poem says that in a life's journey you must decide to go to the
different road and experience a lot of new things than the road that you
always crossed over and over again in that way you can make a lot of

patricia-ncshs from Philippines
Comment 180 of 898, added on July 31st, 2005 at 8:30 PM.

Based on the words chosen by Robert Frost and the phrasing, this poem can
be interpreted to mean that he has to choose between two women. Poets quite
often use the archaic meaning of a word in their works. The archaic meaning
for 'fair' is 'woman esp. sweetheart'.

The use of the word 'sigh' indicates that the choosing is difficult. The
phrase 'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I' indicates that he is torn by
this decision. More torn than just a stroll in the woods or a career
decision would make anyone.

Catherine Anne Pikna from United States
Comment 179 of 898, added on July 28th, 2005 at 4:54 PM.

May be poet wants to say that it is easy to follow the path taken by others
but when u choose something different u explore and enjoy the adventure of
doing something nobody ever did.
Or may be poet wants to tell us that donít follow the crowd or choose
something where all want to go. Instead choose the way you want to go
and thatís the way u can change your life from others and make a
difference. The last paragraph of the poem depicts lots of meanings because
one time the poet says I sign and then he says thatís something makes
difference. Which means may be he was not happy with his decision before
and then he tried to convicne himself that atleast he did something
different in his life.

I also thought that may be poet wants to say that the two roads are like
life. One is when u follow others and do what others do , live a life like
them or other one where u choose your own life and do what you want to do.
You may or may not regret in the future for missing the chance of taking
your decision and doing what you wanted to do. You may be happy when you do
what others do or may not. But If u do what u want to doyou would be happy
anyways whether you suceed or not.

May be he wants to inspire us to decide what we want
to do and take a chance learn how to live and just like the road our life
would be adventurous because we donít know what will come next and where
will it lead us to. Also in the starting of the poem he says two roads
diverged in a yellow wood, which means the poet is in yellow woods, why was
he in woods? I mean may be he wanted to say that just like the woods or the
forest are away from our home, far and has no way in or out, same way there
are times in our life when we have to pick one and find our own way. the
woods I guess depicted the confusion of mind.

shreya 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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