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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 237 of 1117, added on October 14th, 2005 at 1:26 PM.

First of all, J. Mark, I find your interpretation to be satisfyingly
truthful and informative of "The Road..."; Moe, don't get upset, you and I
as Americans are little different from people in other countries. Perhaps
J. Mark believes that the meaning is beyond the majority of us. I don't
think that he was malicious went he wrote it.
"The Road..." is a very thoughtful poem about the choices we make
throughout our lives--whether they were good or bad, we may never know. I
hold this poem close to me because I am at the stage in my life where the
slightest decisions can effect my future as a college student and
beyond--my life afterwards depends upon the outcomes of these decisions.
Years from now, I will look back upon my life and will try to evaluate my
decisions--whether I made good choices or not. However, we cannot dwell on
our past decisions. Like in the narrative "Youth", by Conrad, most of the
decisions we make when we're young help to shape our character and it
doesn't really matter whether they were good or not--they were, in a way,
good at the moment. So when you, too, look back on your life, remember
this: the road you have taken "has made all the difference."

TjB from United States
Comment 236 of 1117, added on October 14th, 2005 at 11:41 AM.

I believe the road not taken is simply about taking a road different from
others and learning to go your own way and learning from your mistakes and
living with them.

Jay from United States
Comment 235 of 1117, added on October 14th, 2005 at 7:51 AM.

.... one cup of coffee each day?? Is that an insult in your cultures? Is
he putting Americans down or something? I'm just curious idk what people
from other countries think of us...

Moe from United States
Comment 234 of 1117, added on October 13th, 2005 at 6:23 PM.

Moe, by "mere" American, he is trying to say that Americans typically don't
drink more than one cup of coffee each day. John Mark, I liked your
interpretation very much. You should try to publish it in a magazine.

Josna from India
Comment 233 of 1117, added on October 13th, 2005 at 3:23 PM.

What do you mean by "mere American" ???

Moe from United States
Comment 232 of 1117, added on October 13th, 2005 at 8:08 AM.

John Mark, your poem just took my breath away. It was lovely. I love this
poem as well.

Laurie from United Kingdom
Comment 231 of 1117, added on October 13th, 2005 at 5:52 AM.

"The Truth," I would not understand a mere American to understand this
poem, so please, be quiet while I give my poem based on my own
interpretation:

The pie I sweetly smell it
As the leaves blow by
They take away the scent
and it is gone forever

Based, obviously, on van Gogh's unappraised masterpiece "The Potato
Eaters."

John Mark III from United Kingdom
Comment 230 of 1117, 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 1117, 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 1117, 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

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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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