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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 230 of 1110, added on October 12th, 2005 at 12:56 AM.

robert frost's poem certainly makes a strong statement about human nature,
but his subtlety forces us to go beyond his words to find our own answers,
& i think it is here were our unique interpretations of the poem are
perpetuated.
Everyone has either traversed a path in life or is approaching one, yet the
start and end of many journeys is hardly well defined. A "Yellow wood" can
be taken as imagery for autumn, a season which invokes a sense of idleness
& morbidity (dead leaves?). Perhaps this reflects frost's state of mind
prior to his desiscion (depression?). This makes an important comment on
the nature of journeys and their significance in defining ourselves.
The title itself "the road not taken" has two literal contexts.. That our
uniqueness is the product of taking the road "less travelled by"... & human
emotions of regret/remorse/dissatisfaction... Some have commented that the
later is more correct, that frost was reminiscing about the path he did not
take, and that somehow he felt loss over it. But it is important to
remember that in english there is no 'wrong' interpretation, and anything
that can be drawn from the text should be accredited to it.


ganjFaeri from Australia
Comment 229 of 1110, added on October 11th, 2005 at 9:04 PM.

Sarah, i am afraid that you are sorrowly mistaken in your analysis of this
poem. Frost is not talking about the road less traveled, he says right out
in the 4th stanza that both roads are equally covered by leaves and neither
has been marked by footprints. This poem is not talking about the road less
traveled it is talking about the road that he was not able to take, and how
leater in life when he looks back on it he will think of the road that he
did take as the one less traveled, when in fact neither roads were traveled
and he just picked one.

Ben Motley from United States
Comment 228 of 1110, added on October 11th, 2005 at 12:31 PM.

This is a great poem. I have readed this about 30 or 40 times because it
goes with my life. Should I go to College or not. What road should I take.
I am in grade 10 and I have about 2 years left I am going to go down the
road with challenges. I want to go to college. I will be the first one in
my family. I have so much stuff about this. So this is why I Love this
POEM.

Joe from OHIO from United States
Comment 227 of 1110, added on October 10th, 2005 at 6:22 AM.

I think it is a very interesting poem. It states that to make your own
choices. Dont be a sheep,dont follow the crowd. It is a soft,vibrant and
touching poem. Frost uses simplicity and reality in his poetry especially
this one The Road Not Taken.

He has warmth and depth in his writing.He has a nostalgia walking along
with his friend Edgar Woods.I know I will remember this poem. Will You?







































































Sarah Smyth from Ireland
Comment 226 of 1110, added on October 9th, 2005 at 3:15 PM.

I was analyzing this poem for English class, and it has become a favorite
of mine based on my interpretation thus far. Of course, everyone here has
different interpretations, different idease about the history behind the
poem, etc. Based on the content of my literature textbook and my own
interpretation, I can assume I've analyzed the poem correctly, and I could
easily write a few paragraphs to show you all my point of view, but I doubt
that would do much good - someone would just tell me I was wrong. I think
most poems are meant to be read and understood differently by different
people - and everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

whew...Okay...now that I've said all that - Everybody have a nice day:)

Eileen from United States
Comment 225 of 1110, added on October 6th, 2005 at 7:27 PM.

um, ross, it was just a joke, okay? we like the poem but we're not crazy
like you are. as an american would say, you are the weakest link, goodbye!
READ MY INTERPRETATION OF HIS POEM ON THE 3RD OR 2ND PAGE IT ROCKS!

Joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 224 of 1110, added on October 4th, 2005 at 12:33 AM.

... is apparently poor, and while his psuedo-bulgarian friend did
apparently write this biography the question is still begged; who the
blazing hell needs even the faintest interpretation for work as worthless,
obvious, hallmark, and hokey as that of the late robert frost. this poem in
particular means nothing to any human being except 12 year old ostrasized
boys, pregnant teenagers, and 43 year old balding male who have just
recieved a minor promotion at a supermarket downtown and need a poster to
hang over the hole in their new office wall that will, according to
corperate, "inspire the staff towards meeting goals and a strong work
ethic". in closing i would suggest that john mark the third catch a train
to chester at night and attempt to climb the old city wall so that, by the
rest of the worlds good fortune, some soul might mistake you for a welshman
and shot you to death with a crossbow. cheers.
- ross wiley

ross wiley from United States
Comment 223 of 1110, added on September 29th, 2005 at 8:53 PM.

I personally like this poem because it is very meaningful to me and i think
anyone who likes poems should read this poem.

Ashlee from United States
Comment 222 of 1110, added on September 29th, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

Hi Joodie I liked your interpreation good job.

Peter from Russia
Comment 221 of 1110, added on September 28th, 2005 at 6:00 AM.

Who am I?

Jason Bourne from Chile

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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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