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. n/a. This Poem. 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. The Road Not Taken. Robert Frost (). Background information: Robert Frost was an American poet. When he was young, Frost lived on a farm in New.
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property of the originating entities. Poem #3. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both. The Road Not Taken. 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. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost A Guided Reading, Analysis and Interpretation by Tammara Or Slilat – all rights reserved The Setting of the Poem: The.
It is normal to wonder what the outcome would have been if the other road, the road not taken, was the road chosen.
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But to contemplate this hypothetical deeply is folly, for it is impossible to say whether taking the other road would have been better or worse: all one can say is that it would have been different. There are two roads in an autumnal wood separating off, presumably the result of the one road splitting, and there's nothing else to do but to choose one of the roads and continue life's journey. The central message is that, in life, we are often presented with choices.
When making a choice, one is required to make a decision. Viewing a choice as a fork in a path, it becomes clear that we must choose one direction or another, but not both.
Nonetheless, that is the way he is going now, and the place he ends up, for better or worse, was the result of his decision. This poem is not about taking the road less travelled, about individuality or uniqueness. This poem is about the road taken, to be sure, as well the road not taken, not necessarily the road less traveled.
Any person who has made a decisive choice will agree that it is human nature to contemplate the "What if This pondering about the different life one may have lived had they done something differently is central to "The Road Not Taken. Anyway, he could always return one day and try the 'original' road again.
Would that be possible? Perhaps not, life has a way of letting one thing leading to another until going backwards is just no longer an option.
The Road Not Taken Summary and Analysis
But who knows what the future holds down the road? The speaker implies that, when he's older he might look back at this turning point in his life, the morning he took the road less travelled, because taking that particular route completely altered his way of being.
Most common speech is a combination of iambs and anapaests, so Frost chose his lines to reflect this: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both This simple looking poem, mostly monosyllabic, has a traditional rhyme scheme of ABAAB which helps keep the lines tight, whilst the use of enjambment where one line runs into the next with no punctuation keeps the sense flowing.
The whole poem is an extended metaphor; the road is life, and it diverges, that is, splits apart—forks. There is a decision to be made and a life will be changed. Perhaps forever. He's encountered a turning point.
The situation is clear enough - take one path or the other, black or white - go ahead, do it. But life is rarely that simple. We're human, and our thinking processes are always on the go trying to work things out. You take the high road, I'll take the low road. We don't know why we did it, other than that we thought we'd be just as happy with one choice as the other. Because it was grassy and wanted wear.
It is only perhaps better. Then the speaker tells us why the path is better — it seems like it hasn't been walked on very much, because it's grassy and doesn't look worn. The speaker is biased in favor of nature. He thinks one path could be better because fewer people have worn it down.
These lines are not just about nature, but are a metaphor for a decision that is less commonly made. Had worn them really about the same. Just when we think we've got a declaration about which path is better, he changes his mind and admits that maybe they were equal after all.
The "as for that" refers to the path being less worn.
In leaves no step had trodden black. We also see a contradiction of the earlier claim that one path is less worn than the other.
This line shows us that the leaves have freshly fallen — perhaps masking which path was more or less traveled the day before. So, metaphorically, this line points out that sometimes there's no way to tell which decision is better.
He is rationalizing his choice of path by saying he'll come back to the one he missed later. With an "Oh" at the beginning and an exclamation point at the end, this line is emphatic.
The speaker feels strongly about what he's saying here. The speaker realizes that his hopes to come back and try the other path may be foolish.
Analysis of Poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
The speaker wants to be able to take both roads, but realizes that the nature of these roads is such that he probably will never be able to come back to this place. This is a metaphor for a decision that changes everything — once you've made it you can never goback.
The last stanza the speaker resumes his initial tone of sorrow and regret. He realizes that he probably will never return to walk the alternate path, and he considers how the choice he must make now will look to him in the future. Somewhere ages and ages hence.
The Sigh: When the speaker thinks about his future-self thinking back to that moment in time he imagines himself saying that last sentence with a sigh. We cannot know which sigh it is: This is open for interpretation and it also affect the interpretation of "that has made all the difference.
This poem is Robert Frost's most famous and most widely quoted poem, but it's also his most misunderstood poem. Many readers are so impressed with the last two lines: Readers who mistakenly think that this is what the poem is about see Robert Frost a great individualist who encourages the readers not to take the well-trodden path but to look for their own unique path in life.
B The Optimistic Interpretation. The proof that an over simplistic reading is impossible lies in the fact that the speaker emphasizes three times how similar the roads are: The poem starts with a description of an ordinary scene — a walk in the forest. We know that the fall in New England is particularly beautiful, when all the leaves turn red and yellow. But when the speaker describes his hesitation and doubts which way to choose we can see that this is the transition point from a simple description of a scene in nature to a metaphor about life.
Had it been just a concrete description of a fork in the road, why wouldn't the speaker be able to go back to that road on the next day? If he lives close by, he can simply go back and choose the other road. But the fact that he emphasizes the improbability of him ever being able to come back indicates that this is the symbolical level and that the roads symbolize the ways we choose in life.
Every life changing decision takes us further away from other options, other ways that we could have taken, but once we have made our choice, we know we'll never be able to go back in time and choose again.
This is why people find it so hard to reach a life changing decision, because they're afraid of two things: What makes him choose one road over the other? However, he acts on a gut feeling that the road that he chooses is perhaps better because it looks grassy, like it wants people to walk on it.
To emphasize that it's only a feeling that he has about the road the poet immediately contradicts this claim by saying that the passing there had worn them the roads about the same. So he doesn't have any real reason to favor one road over the other, it's based on a feeling! The speaker imagines that years later, when he'll remember this moment of decision, he'll try to justify his choice by saying that it's the road "less travelled by" and that's why he chose it.
This can be interpreted as self-awareness. The speaker is aware that he's an individualist, a non-conformist, he doesn't like to go where most of the people go.
We can assume that this is something that is important to him and to his identity.Perhaps not, life has a way of letting one thing leading to another until going backwards is just no longer an option. You won't go now. But the fact that he emphasizes the improbability of him ever being able to come back indicates that this is the symbolical level and that the roads symbolize the ways we choose in life. But life is rarely that simple.
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