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The Road Not Taken
Transcript of The Road Not Taken
The poem describes the tough choices people stand for when traveling the road of life.
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
Then took the other, as just as
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a
Somewhere ages and ages
Two roads diverged in a wood and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Bridging Text and Context
Words used in images in poetry that use our five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch in the reader's mind.
The poet has used imagery "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" (from the first stanza), and "And both that morning equally lay/in leaves no step had trodden black" (from the third stanza) to create a picture in the reader's mind.
The tone of the poem is dark as the words reflect some sort of depression. The words "sorry" and "sigh" make the tone of poem somewhat gloomy. The traveler regrets leaving the possibilities of the road not chosen behind. He realizes he probably won't pass this way again.
A type of comparison in which one thing is described
as if it were something else.
• Life is a bowl of cherries or life is a dream,
In the Road Not Taken, the poet describes a fork in the road and two different paths in the woods.
the pattern of rhymes used in a poem.
A repetition of similar sounds
in two or more words, most often
at the end of lines in poems.
For example- rhyming words in the poem: wood/stood
a b a a b
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood (a)
And sorry I could not travel both (b)
And be one traveler, long I stood (a)
And looked down one as far as I could (a)
To where it bent in the undergrowth; (b)
The Road Not Taken
Distinguishing Different Perspectives
It helps to understand how different people understand a person, a situation or an event differently. One can look at the same thing but see it in another way.
When people face a problem, they should try to solve it in stages. First, think of different ways to solve it. Then, for each options, think of the advantages
of each option. Then decide which one is the best solution.
In the poem we see different perspectives
A Journey through the woods
A Journey of life
In stanza four
"Sigh" = sigh of satisfaction
"Sigh" = sigh of regret
The poet describes a traveler who comes to a fork in a road through a "yellow wood" and wishes he could "travel both" routes, but at the same time he realizes that traveling through both roads is impractical. The words "yellow woods" tells the readers that the poem is set in the Fall. New England is famous for the wonderful coloring of the trees at this time of year. This stanza presents the problem of having to make a choice, where both options seem attractive: "and sorry I could not travel both….."
The traveler states that the other road has "perhaps the better claim/because it was grassy and wanted wear," it seems that since he could not see very far, either way, he chose the road that was grassy and wanted wear." Namely, the road has not been used, this tells the readers that the traveler was willing to try something different.
"The line "And then he contradicts his own judgment by saying that "Though as for that the passing there/had worn them really about the same "Because it was grassy and wanted wear. It is an example of personification because the poet says that the road "wanted wear" while we all know that a road cannot think and would not have any desire at all.
The poet states that he was the first to pass there that day. Fallen leaves, when stepped on, turn black, so he could tell that no one had yet stepped on the leaves that had fallen the night before. The last three lines show that the traveler is realistic. He tells himself that he will come back and take the other road, but at the same time he knows that this is unlikely to happen.
The poem is not about the road taken, but about the road not taken. It deals with the idea of "what would have happened if ……….?
It is not hard to understand the poem as a metaphor. The traveler's journey represents life itself and the crossroads in the wood represents one of the countless decisions we have to make. The fact that this crossroads is in a wood is an example of how, sometimes, we have to make a decision without really being able to see clearly where that decision will lead us.
Analysis & Interpretation
Robert Frost was born in San Franscisco, USA, and raised in Massachusetts.
He got married and took his wife and children to live in England.
In 1915, as World War One began, he returned to the USA and bought a farm in New Hampshire, where he began a career of writing and teaching.
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost