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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 312 of 1172, added on December 4th, 2005 at 5:41 AM.

It does seem to me that Jordan is right. Frost repeatedly points out that
the two roads are equally well travelled by.
I was listening to Radio 4 yesterday and a commentator said that Frost was
pointing out our very conformist idea of all being "individualistic".
In fact there is only one truth..and a limited number of ways at arriving
at Truth. We like to boast that we have chosen our "own" way...but in fact
we have chosen from a limited number of options before us.Our lives are
actually far more circumscribed/planned for us than we like to believe.
Perhaps we can rejoice that actually we are not obliged to beat our ways
through the undergrowth. We can rejoice that we are not so individual as we
like to believe but are, in fact, part of a much larger plan.

TwirlySam from United Kingdom
Comment 311 of 1172, added on November 26th, 2005 at 8:22 PM.

I believe that Robert Frost realized that the greatest choices we make will
sometimes be the ones in which we must stand alone/apart from the crowd.
Sometimes we cannot take the easy road and follow along with the ways of
the world, but we must forge ahead on a much rougher course in which we are
led by a stronger, higher power, our Creator, God.

Comment 310 of 1172, added on November 26th, 2005 at 6:11 PM.

heyy this poem is sweet!! i know exaclty what this poem means. It means
when you are going down the road (of your life) and everyone takes one road
but you wanna be different so you end up taking the other road and so on
and so yeh. Im doing rob frost for a project at school and i think he is a
good poet!1

I love poems my ex boyfriend would write me them and my boyfriend now
writes me them i love them!!

Comment 309 of 1172, added on November 26th, 2005 at 11:04 AM.

I've read a lot of explanation of this poem. But no one said that the
speaker took the road less travled by because he want to show up. This is
one of the human characters that when it comes to something we take the
less doen to say that we take the challange that made all the differnce.

omar faraji from Morocco
Comment 308 of 1172, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 7:49 AM.

the words "WANT TO " and "something " .Please dont think me a fool.

Comment 307 of 1172, added on November 21st, 2005 at 11:11 AM.

This is the most fascinating poem I have ever read in my life.It can
clearly visualize a dilemma, a man facing in his life.This poem shows that
evrry one should be ready to take risks if they want to something in

Comment 306 of 1172, added on November 20th, 2005 at 8:18 PM.

In my eyes one of the best poets ever was Robert Frost. He basically states
that everyone is a traveler and choosing the right roads to follow in life
is never a straight path.
Each and everyday people travel in one point in their life, forcing them to
make decisions and choices that may affect their lives forever. In the poem
“The Road Not Taken”, leaves each reader with several different opinions.
From the tone of this poem, he has an affecting and thoughtful mood. “I
shall be telling this with a sign, somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads
diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by” (lines 16-19).
Taking the road that was not much traveled by, he gives each reader a sense
of uplift as to make ones own choice and do what they think is right. You
don’t really have to choose a normal way out of life, but follow your heart
and dreams. Robert's point of view and beliefs in the poem, that it is the
road that one chooses that makes that individual the person who they are.
During the first stanza, the first line of the poem itself develops the
theme of the entire poem. Road here represents the road of life and choice.
The two roads in this poem symbolize the poet's choice between two
different metaphorical paths he must take. At the start of the poem the
traveler says, “And sorry I could not travel both,” (line 2) this point the
speaker portrays his regret because he must make a choice. Yet, the choice
is not easy, since "long he stood" before coming to a decision (Gale). In
an attempt to make a decision, the traveler “looked down one as far as I
[he] could” (line 4). He examines the path as best he can, but his vision
is limited because the path bends and is covered over. These lines indicate
that although the speaker would like to acquire more information, he is
prevented from doing so because of the nature of his environment (Gale).
Through the use of tone, Robert clearly expresses the road that one takes,
will define and redefine who they are by the choices they make minute to
minute (Chapman 36).
Next, the speaker states that he, “Then took the other, just as far, and
having perhaps the better claim” (lines 6-7). It was a better claim because
“it was grassy and wanted wear,” (line 7). The second path was more
attractive because no one hardly took that path therefore he calls it “the
road less traveled by”. Frost is telling the reader to follow their desire
and do what one feels is right. Never let anyone or anything keep you from
doing what you want. This is clearly shown by the traveler being a leader
than a follower.
Although the poet breaks the stanza after line 10, the central idea
continues into the third stanza, creating a structural link between these
parts of the poem. Here, the speaker states that the paths are "really
about the same." Neither path has been traveled lately. Although he's
searching for a clear logical reason to decide on one path over another,
that reason is unavailable (Gale).
Then in the third stanza, it says “And both that morning equally lay in
leaves no step had trodden black” (line 11-12). This is referring to the
leaves had covered the cold ground and since the time they had fallen no
one had yet taken that road. Maybe Frost stated those two lines because
when a person has to make a choice or a decision everything is fresh and
brand new. The two roads that have not been walked upon represents a new
decision your making in life.
Finally, the speaker makes his decision, trying to persuade himself that he
will eventually satisfy his desire to travel both paths, but simultaneously
admitting that such a hope is unrealistic (Gale). Notice the exclamation
mark after line 13; such a punctuation mark conveys excitement, “Oh, I kept
the first for another day!” but that excitement is quickly undercut by his
admission in the following lines (Gale).
“Yet knowing how ways leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come
back” (lines 14-15).
The traveler wrote this line because he realizes that the choice he makes
is not short-term and he will have to deal with it. So he chooses the one
less traveled by and later finds out that it was better for him that way.
In this stanza, the tone clearly shifts. This is the only stanza, which
also begins with a new sentence, indicating a stronger break from the
previous ideas (Gale). In the last stanza the speaker relays a felling of
bittersweet, when he says, “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere
ages and ages hence” (lines 16-17). The speaker closes the poem with a
sense of pride and accomplishment by announcing, "Two roads Diverged in a
wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the
difference" (lines 18-20). At the end of the poem, in the future, he will
claim that the paths were different from each other and that he
courageously did not choose the conventional route. Perhaps he will
actually believe this in the future; perhaps he only wishes that he could
choose "the one less traveled by (Gale).
In conclusion the decisions we all must make will and do have an effect on
our daily lives, and our lives in the future. Whether that will be taking a
road that leads to hate, jail, rape, and murderous, vile, disgusting,
slanderous and demoralizing actions, or whether that be taking a road that
leads to good health, happiness, joy, friendliness and a caring, giving,
loving and prospering actions. Whatever the decisions that we encounter,
whatever the difficult choices that we are forced to make, and whatever the
paths that we must take, are bound to have some effect on our lives, and
essentially the lives of others. Are we going to take the paths that allow
us to give, help, and love? Or are we going to choose the paths that make
us steal, be self-absorbed, and hate? The "Road Not Taken" is the one that
is less traveled, the one that is right and good, the one that nobody takes
because it is what the "world" thinks you should take. Most people don't
think about the consequences of the paths they take, before they take them.

Dee from United States
Comment 305 of 1172, added on November 17th, 2005 at 9:28 PM.

I like this poem very much. I can still remember resiting it in 7th grade.
It gives me a sad feeling whenever I read it.

Wiley Gorn from United States
Comment 304 of 1172, added on November 16th, 2005 at 2:22 PM.

i really like this poem it means alot to me because it has alot to do with
choices and decisions in life and how important they are.

Jasmine from United States
Comment 303 of 1172, added on November 13th, 2005 at 7:28 AM.

The poem is about Frosts' personal view of choices and how we make them,
how do we choose one option in life over another? THere is also a sad voice
of perhaps regret from the persona/ poet.

katie from United Kingdom

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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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