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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 66 of 936, added on December 5th, 2004 at 7:14 PM.

I should be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence I had a
friend that had more in mind that way. That never mind in which way it went
that he be sorry that he didnt go the other way and hed go along forever
until eternity, sigh. He had a melancholy about everything that I dont
have you know I could mock anything out of my system." - Frost

Frost wrote this poem with his friend, Edward Thomas in mind. Thomas moved
from U.S. to England to seek higher oppurtunities and he thought he had
made the wrong choice until he met Frost. Thomas wrote the greatest reviews
for Frost "Boys Will" & "North of Boston". There were two choices he could
only choose one and he chose the one "less traveled by".
Sometimes when we choose the 'road less taken' we assume it was the wrong
one because things don't just seem to work out, that road seems so risky
and you never know what to expect. Makes me think that we should always
strive to be different and not follow what everyone does and it may turn
out for the better, just like it did for Thomas.

"I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

Carolina from United States
Comment 65 of 936, added on December 5th, 2004 at 6:51 PM.

I strongley beleive that this poem is about freedom and about making
choices. You should not always relie on others so you should make your own
chocies. In many cases people don't make the PERFECT decision but they went
threw life trying as hard as they could. In my humble opinion i think that
this is a wonderful poem and it is very overpowering to me

Erin from Canada
Comment 64 of 936, added on December 5th, 2004 at 3:21 PM.

Mr. Womack,
You are correct that Frost was inspired to write the poem by his friend's
indecision. This is precisely why we should read the poem closely enough
to hear Frost mocking the friend's absurd desire to control the
uncontrollable instead of just enjoying the road he is on. Read more about
Frost and you will find that he admits what might have inspired him to
write particular poems, but he will never give away the meaning. This is
not because their are multiple meanings. It is because Frost only wanted
the deserving to gain wisdom and delight. According to Frost, his poems
are meant to "trip us headfirst into the boundless." Saying that the poem
can have multiple interpretations is being too careful not to trip. Frost
taunts us to take risks. This is his true genius.

jellyroll from United Kingdom
Comment 63 of 936, added on December 5th, 2004 at 9:05 AM.

This poem means a lot to me because it is talking about being different and
being ok with it. He said the he took the road less traveled by and it was
the better choice! I watch the movie "The Dead Poet's Society" and that
poem with many others was quoted in the movie. Since then I have been
really into Robert Frost and just poetry in general and from the poem I
learned it is ok to be different and it is ok to take the path that most
people don't! Robert Frost was a genius!

katie
Comment 62 of 936, added on December 5th, 2004 at 1:37 AM.

"The Road Not Taken" is my favorite poem. It is inspirational,
thought-provoking, profound in scope, and brilliantly wise in its
simplicity. It is a magnificent metaphor for life. And, according to the
poet himself, he intended NONE of that when he wrote it. Frost has gone on
record very clearly that he wrote this poem in response to walks he often
took with a close friend who was indecisive and always second-guessed his
choices of country paths to take them down. Don't believe me? Browse the
internet, do a little research, pull up Frost's own writings and check out
his comments regarding the poem. I love the poem as much as anyone and
more than most. I also agree with one who posted earlier that poetry can
have multiple levels of meaning---both foor the poet and for the reader.
Frost was a genius and, in my opinion, the greatest poet period. Lest
someone think I am overstating his gift, let me remind you Frost won
four---count'em, four---Pulitzer Prizes. He is the king. BUT---the
simple truth is that in this instance, most of our responses reflect what
we take from this poem and not what Frost put into it. And that is not a
bad thing.

Robert Womack from United States
Comment 61 of 936, added on December 4th, 2004 at 8:27 AM.

I think he chooses yellow wood for the color of the leaves, that is, the
season, Fall or approaching Winter. And it's in the Fall the paths are
covered by fallen leaves. Does it mean he was downhill? His feeling (sad,
old) ? But I'm still waiting for someone to shed some light on that.

tw from Taiwan
Comment 60 of 936, added on December 1st, 2004 at 9:48 PM.

does anybody know why he chose to use a 'yellow' wood?



I would imagine that Frost uses a "yellow" wood because yellow is a color
often used to symbolize youth, hope, and life. The poem's narrarator makes
the decision of which path to choose when he is in his youth.


KG from United States
Comment 59 of 936, added on December 1st, 2004 at 4:42 PM.

There can be many explanations about Robert Frost's famous, "The Road Not
Taken". Many have, do, and will have different opinions and ideas about
what Robert Frost was portraying, and perhaps that was his ultimate goal in
this particular poem. To me, this is obviously a metaphor used to describe
the paths you must choose and decide to take in life. Most especially,
between right and wrong. Sure, there are smaller paths that will have no
apparent value on your future (eg. Choosing a preference, rather than a
life-changing decision), as well as larger, more difficult paths to choose
from that will have a greater effect on your life. I think to most, this
poem means more than just something folly and something that is taken
lightly. And alot don't have appreciation for things as such.

The decisions we all must make will and do have an effect on our daily
lives, and our lives in the future. Whether that be taking a road that
leads to hate, strife, 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.
The "harvests" that you reap when you take the correct path far outweighs
the path that has horrible circumstances that are associated with it.

David
Comment 58 of 936, added on November 21st, 2004 at 12:34 AM.

This poem tells us about that point of time in Robert Frost's life when he
has to take a very momentous decision of leaving his homeland and setting
out towards a very new and an unfamiliar land to acheive triumph and
appeasement. we always have to face choices in our life which are confusing
and the consequences of these choices are unknown. we always have to make
choices which give us peace of mind because where there is peace of mind
there is concentration, determination and committment and wherever these
elements are there, there is success. the fruit of patience and hard - work
is sweet. to get something we have to lose something.

aparna sarkar from India
Comment 57 of 936, added on November 16th, 2004 at 11:18 PM.

Matthew,
I agree that Frost used "by" to maintain the rhyme scheme. However, I
don't think he would ever choose a word that could be taken another way
just for rhyme. The beauty of his poetry is that it combines both
perfection of technique and idea. Also, the idea of going "by" something
that we shouldn't go by is in other Frost poems. For instance, in "Desert
Places" the speaker says of himself, "In a field I looked into going past."
Most read this as the speaker considering passing the field. Recognizing
the similar theme in many Frost poems, it is safe to say that the speaker
is looking into the field while walking by it. For more examples of this
word play, check "On a Tree Fallen Across the Road," as well as "Nothing
Gold Can Stay." Don't forget, read the poems really have two
speakers...the fallen narrator and Frost beneath (or above) him. Keep
looking and you will see.

jellyroll 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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