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The Road Not Taken Analysis



Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 335

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;



Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,



And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.



I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.






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The above analysis is incorrect, this is a common misconception of this poem. In fact Frost is not telling people to take the \'less traveled by path\'. Because, as he points out, both paths are actually seemingly identical. What Frost is doing in this poem is trying to justify his choices, he is convincing himself that he took the right path in life, he was bold and chose to be an artist because he knew that was the right thing to do. But he quarrels with himself and contradicts what he says because he knows that they both \'equally\' lay. He was not particularly innovative in his choice, and he\'s almost embarrassed by this, because he\'s supposed to be an artist. \'I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.\'
He will tell this with a \'sigh\' because he knows it\'s a lie. Look how he mimics colloquial hesitation by writing \'and I- I\' as though he can\'t decide whether to be honest or make his life seem more meaningful by justifying his choice.

| Posted on 2011-05-22 | by a guest


.: The Road Not Taken :.

The poem that Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets wrote this poem to say to seize the day and not to be afraid to step outside the box and not be a follower of all of the bad examples of the world.

| Posted on 2008-05-13 | by a guest




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