Sunday, January 23, 2011

Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

In the poem "The Road Not Taken" written by Robert Frost, the speaker is confronted by two paths.   It is a decision whether the author should go to the path where everyone else has been, or the one where hardly anyone has taken.   Personally, I believe the speaker is a simple traveler who is caught between a common path and a new one.   Another way to look at it is a road not taken by individuals who takes risks and begins a new adventure.

In the second stanza, the speaker describes the second path as "grassy" and "wanted wear".   The whole poem consists of the speaker debating which path should he take.  The first and fourth stanza in the poem are very complex as it transitions from past to present and vice versa.  "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both" ; this quote gives the feeling of a story being told of what is currently going on in the present.   Based on the quote from the third stanza, "Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back" the speaker says that he might come back to the same place and to take the other path, but he doubted he would because in life, one thing leads to another.
The line "And that has made all the difference" shows that the author who decided to choose the road not taken became very rewarding.   Even though the speaker chose a path that was similar to the one he did not take, what made all the difference was that he made the decision to begin his life and/or journey with a purpose.

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