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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 179 of 899, 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
Comment 178 of 899, added on July 27th, 2005 at 2:05 AM.

this poem was and is one of my favourites. i used to think frost was
talking about his own life until i read some of his websites and found out
that he was only mocking a friend of his! but what great impact this poem
has on all of us, on the decisions we make that change the course of our
lives. only in retrospect that we know whether those decisions are right or
wrong, hence 'telling it with a sigh' as nothing can be done to change it.
i personally dont think its regret..just a once-in-a-blue moon thing when
we think 'what might have been if..'

huda from Malaysia
Comment 177 of 899, added on July 26th, 2005 at 7:20 AM.

I taught this poem to a class of 13 yr olds (usually quite restless!)...but
they seemed to have related to all that Frost says in this poem. There was
much scope here for relating the poem's "message" to the lives of the
children. I'm planning to do a lesson next time comparing this poem to
"Stopping by the Woods.." any suggestions anyone???

ravi joshua from India
Comment 176 of 899, added on July 26th, 2005 at 12:22 AM.

hay i think every one has a real good understanding of thing and hes
wanderfull its like this poem applys to every ones life

nichole from United States
Comment 175 of 899, added on July 22nd, 2005 at 5:26 PM.

It is simple and unfortunate to follow a path taken by many others.
To choose the path less traveled is to explore & perhaps find oneself.
I belive the "Road Not Taken" is the one taken by most.

Victor from United States
Comment 174 of 899, added on July 15th, 2005 at 9:57 AM.

I have read some of the other comments, and I agree with alot of them but
all in all I think it's just a great poem with lots of feeling. I don't
think he regrets the road he took in the poem whether it applies to his
life or not. I think he was referring to life in general. Everyone has
tried to take a different road and wind up on the road that everyone else
took, but later on in life you wind up back where they started. I think
"The Road Not Taken" is a very inspiring poem.

Kristy Floyd from United States
Comment 173 of 899, added on July 12th, 2005 at 6:17 AM.

i favour this poem very much. It really helps us to choose the most
suitable and correct ways in our life because only by doing that our life
and future will totally bright.

febian from Malaysia
Comment 172 of 899, added on July 5th, 2005 at 5:08 PM.

i haven't read all the comments that were made on the poem, but the few
that i read seem to have the same ideas and i think they might not be
entirely correct. i think frost is talking about regret, "I shall be
telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence"
he took the road less traveled but realized later in life that both roads
were the same, he might have wanted to take the other road but knew he
shouldn't. in the end he is the same person, he did not change even though
he took the road less traveled and he might regret that.

Karan from United States
Comment 171 of 899, added on July 1st, 2005 at 2:38 AM.

Most people seem to overlook that both roads were equally traveled. It
says so three times in the poem. There seems to be some irony in the
ending; was that road really the least traveled, or is the poet idealizing
his past?

Keep in mind that the last stanzas are not a summary of the entire poem,
but instead are only as important as what precedes them.

Comment 170 of 899, added on June 27th, 2005 at 7:32 PM.

I graduated in 2004... I graduate with 435 students... 2 of us went into
the military.. I took the road less traveled by and hes right, it has made
all the difference.

Cory 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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