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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 346 of 1136, added on February 6th, 2006 at 4:10 PM.

Here is another interpretation in my own words of this poem:

As are the sands in an hourglass
These are the days of our lives
As are the ripples in a pond
These are the days of our lives

Thank you. John Mark, your wife delivered the figgy pudding the other day.
It was quite scrumptious.

Joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 345 of 1136, added on February 6th, 2006 at 8:43 AM.

This poem fits me and my life in more than just one way or more than just
touching my heart. It fits how I had to choose a road to take to make me
happy for the rest of my life.

Emily from United States
Comment 344 of 1136, added on January 31st, 2006 at 1:20 PM.

For me, the poem is more about the decisions we make from moment to moment,
sometimes taking the more "common" or traveled route and sometimes not.
Taking the road less traveled is similar to being independent, both in
action and thought. If you travel the same path as everyone else you will
arrive at the same place as well. If you let your feet (or your mind)
diverge from well traveled routes then the possibilities of seeing and
thinking things that others could not become greatly enhanced. And that
WILL make all the difference.

Larry from United States
Comment 343 of 1136, added on January 27th, 2006 at 8:57 AM.

i'm suppose to do a presentation on this poem so I did a search and came to
this site.
And wow... i didn't know there would be so many interpretations on this
poem.
I have to agree that this poem is a bit ironic, Anyway, here it is a
requirement for all secondary students (O-levels) to learn this poem, And
the teachers are all saying this is an inspirational poem (hahaha)

Mic from Malaysia
Comment 342 of 1136, added on January 26th, 2006 at 3:23 PM.

this poem kicks a..!!!!!!

ronnie from United States
Comment 341 of 1136, added on January 19th, 2006 at 4:32 AM.

It's interesting to discover, as I did recently, that the whole thing was
just a dig at his friend who he walked with. The friend would sigh over
what economists call, 'opportunity cost': missing out on the benefits of
the alternatives you could have chosen. That he considered the sighing
quaint and romantic makes me enjoy the poem more; really he's poking fun at
someone who refuses to live in the moment and wastes their imagination on
worry.

Logan from New Zealand
Comment 340 of 1136, added on January 18th, 2006 at 12:53 PM.

Read this at my grandmas funeral. Great poem.

Me
Comment 339 of 1136, added on January 17th, 2006 at 6:34 PM.

For all of you basing life changing decisions on this poem and think its
the biggest inspiration, consider this... An alternative reading of this
poem could be that the persona in the poem doesn't take the road less
travelled. It is ambiguous because he notes that they are equally travelled
and evenly trod. Yet at the end he says that he took the road less
travelled, which has made all the difference? How can that be? The main
idea is that we lie to ourselves to move forward in life. He contradics
himself. He wants to rationalise his decsisions and so he tricks himself
into thinking he took the road less travelled. This creates an impression
of irony. The title "the road not taken" shows that eventually the persona
will contemplate what was down the other road, in other words, have
regrets. For it is NOT called "the road I took" or "the road less
travelled" it IS called "the road not taken". He is thinking about what he
missed out on. Did the persona take the road less travelled, or is this
just the was he/she wants to define themself?
Think about that before you go making "life changing" decisions based on
this poem. :) Please comment

Kate from Australia
Comment 338 of 1136, added on January 15th, 2006 at 11:34 PM.

Well, well, I haven't been on this site for a while now. I was one of the
original commentors who helped to turn this page into more of a chatsite
than anything else. I left the site because of this and the drama that was
caused by it. I am pleased to see that Robert Frost is still as popular as
ever and has exceeded over 330 comments:) on this page. Keep searching for
other poets that spark your interest, the more you read, the better your
own writing skills will become.

TJB from United States
Comment 337 of 1136, added on January 10th, 2006 at 10:28 PM.

This is a good poem and it reminds me of similar situations in my life and
thats why i like it. lol

bindi johal from Canada

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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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