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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 206 of 986, added on September 24th, 2005 at 6:00 PM.

This poem is in fact about Robert and his friend Thomas, also a famous
poet. Robert is sarcastically mocking Thomas. The two went on a walk one
day and came across two paths leading to different destinations in this
beautiful wood that Thomas was so fascinated in. Apparently Robert was
disapointed in the choice made by Thomas and thought the other path was
best. This is the reason why the poem is so famous because of people such
as yourself have all made incorrect assumptions on this poems meaning and
purpose. Research this poem on the internet and know your facts.

googie from United Kingdom
Comment 205 of 986, added on September 20th, 2005 at 4:58 PM.

MY INTERPRETATION IS LOWER ON THIS PAGE. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT AND SEE IF YOU
LIKE THE ALTERNATIVE I HAVE WRITTEN. I WANT SOMEONE TO DIG DEEP INTO IT AND
REALLY HALP ME KNOW HOW TO WRTIE IT BETTER.

Joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 204 of 986, added on September 20th, 2005 at 3:23 PM.

It really is a shame how many people claim that this is their favourite
poem, even though they have clearly only read it superficially without
making any attempt at thoroughly analyzing Frost's clever lines - thus
completely ignoring his irony.

In the first three stanzas the speaker remembers a walk in the forest,
explaining again and again that, in spite of what he initially says, there
really was no difference between the two roads: The first was "just as
fair" as the second, they were "worn [...] really about the same" and both
of them "equally lay" covered in leaves that had not been stepped on.

In the fourth stanza he says how he will probably talk about this decision
when he is older - and the exaggeration in the words "ages and ages hence"
should be a clear warning signal of the irony that is to come: All of a
sudden there *will* be a distinct difference between both roads - in other
words he will either be lying or simply be sentimental ("with a sigh")
because his memories have been clouded by the years gone by. What is more,
even though his decision to take one road instead of the other does not
seem to have affected his life so far at least he does not say anything
to this effect - he expects that he will make his idealised and embellished
version of the past responsible for the future course of life.

To sum things up, "The Road not Taken" is not about the importance of
decisions in life but rather an ironic comment on sentimental people.
Interestingly enough, Frost's own remarks about this poem support the
points I have made, but frankly, it is not necessary to rely on
biographies, letters and diary entries to come to this interpretation -
reading the poem carefully and digging beneath its surface is all that is
needed.


Jan G. from Germany
Comment 203 of 986, added on September 18th, 2005 at 4:35 PM.

thanx for the info, this is a really good site.

Anna from Peru
Comment 202 of 986, added on September 16th, 2005 at 11:38 PM.

You can listen to this poem at www.robertfrostoutloud.com - check it out!

Amy from United States
Comment 201 of 986, added on September 15th, 2005 at 5:58 AM.

Wake up people!!! What is the real "difference" that frost is talking
about??? that i don't understand. Otherwise this poem is so wonderful!!
Robert Frost is really a beautiful poet. My talent is also poetry.

sanniah from Pakistan
Comment 200 of 986, added on September 13th, 2005 at 1:56 PM.

i love this poem

cassie from United States
Comment 199 of 986, added on September 12th, 2005 at 11:15 AM.

i am only 14 and this poem means so much to me....
it actually gives me hope of things- telling me no matter how hard things
get, some thing good always comes out of it. i write my own poems but they
will never be as good as this one.i hope someone will email me and ask for
one of my poems. i need to know how they sound... please

kelly brown from United States
Comment 198 of 986, added on September 8th, 2005 at 8:03 PM.

here is my alternative to Roberty Frost's famous poem:

oh the pain oh the agony
i feel it in my brittle bones
i think I'll lie down and die
but first i should take the road less taken
because then I will be saved
then I will have brittler bones
oh me, oh me

Joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 197 of 986, added on September 8th, 2005 at 5:34 PM.

Frost was a pretty dark man, this poem kind of proves that. Read it again,
the two paths were the same, he said he took the road less traveled, but
how can that be? It may have made all the difference in the world, but
what it comes down to is that like all things in life you had a choice to
make, right or wrong, you'll end up lying about the outcome ages
henceforth, and sigh a little sigh a what could have been.

Katie 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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