Interpretation Of "The Road Not Taken" By Robert Frost

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Choices are never easy- men face multitudes of them in their lifetime. Some decisions to these choices are clear while others are sometimes more difficult to effectuate. The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a first person narrative tale of a monumental moment in the speaker's life- Frost can be considered the speaker. Frost is faced between the choice of a moment and a lifetime manifested in his poem. Walking down a rural road the narrator encounters a point on his travel that diverges into two separate similar paths. In Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken", Frost presents the idea of man facing the difficult unalterable predilection of a moment and a lifetime. This idea ...view middle of the document...

" The author shows man's attempts to tell which path is better by trying to for see what they will behold down the road. Both roads diverge into a "yellow wood" and appear to be "about the same" in their purpose. The first of the two paths is the more common route than the other less traveled path, which "wanted wear." Frost presents a classic conflict- the decision between the common easy path and the exceptional challenging path. Choosing the already known easy path in life many people frequently endure reassures that the outcome will be predictable. While choosing the "less traveled" road represents the gamble of facing a more difficult path in life in hopes to achieve an incomparable and satisfactory life, contrasting the more familiar lives other people take.The road not taken delineates man's choice. After vacillating between the two "fair" roads, he finally decides to take the road "less traveled by"; knowing he cannot see where it will lead. Traveling down the second road, the speaker still yearns to travel both paths- he "keeps the first for another day." As the narrator proceeds down the unworn path, he realizes there will be no way he can ever return to the deviation to experience the other route. The speakers utters:"Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back."Frost presents man's limitation to explore life's different possibilities. The narrator "sighs" at the end of the poem gratified with his choice to take the uncommon road, yet also sighing that he may h...

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