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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 339 of 1129, 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 1129, 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 1129, 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
Comment 336 of 1129, added on January 10th, 2006 at 4:01 PM.

I go to a really cool school and my english teacher had us memorize the
poem and we had to recite it in front of the whole class ... i found myself
likeing the poem it is a wonderful poem to memorize!I have heard this poem
recited other ways like "2 roads diverged in a yellow wood and i took the 1
less traveled by state troopers" ...

stephanie smith
Comment 335 of 1129, added on January 6th, 2006 at 1:47 AM.

although the two roads in the poem are diverging, they lead in different
directions. At the beginning they probably appear to be similar, but miles
away, they will grow farther and farther away from each other which
resembes to many choices we are faced with in life.we understand that one
decision in life can change everything. We are free to choose, but we do
not really know beforehand what we are choosing between. Our route is,
thus, determined by a choice and chance.also "The Road Not Taken" consists
of four stanzas of five lines. The rhyme scheme is ABAAB

isil-hacettepe from Turkey
Comment 334 of 1129, added on January 5th, 2006 at 8:23 AM.

I think its one of the most interesting poems of Frost poems I read for A
level, its really deep and meanigful and actually gets u thinking. So peepz
just appreciate the poem

Jahanara from United Kingdom
Comment 333 of 1129, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 5:56 PM.

I THINK I JUST SHARTED!!!

Tim from Iraq
Comment 332 of 1129, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 12:29 PM.

i like snowboarding at bear creek

johnny smith from United States
Comment 331 of 1129, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 11:57 AM.

I LIKE TATER TOTS!

Brian Rickinski from United States
Comment 330 of 1129, added on January 1st, 2006 at 4:37 AM.

will our teachers make a figure of us if we find all the figures of
speeches in all poems?if not why tire yourself with all those nonsense
instead of enjoying the poem itself?

elif from Turkey

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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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