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The Road Not Taken Analysis

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Clay Arm

on 18 October 2016

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Transcript of The Road Not Taken Analysis

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Excerpts from Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken"

Analysis by Clayton Armstrong
"Two roads diverged in a wood" is the beginning of Robert Frost's widely recognized poem.
The author was "Sorry that he could not travel both"
Contemplating which path to take "And be one traveler, long he stood"
"Then he took the other, just as fair...Because it was grassy and wanted wear"

"Though as for passing there had worn them really about the same"
Notice that as the author stands at the fork in the road he tells himself that both roads are actually identical so that it doesn't matter which path he takes.
Even though he chose one path the author "kept the first for another day!"

The author "knowing that way leads on to way...doubted if he should ever come back"
The concluding three lines say:

"Two roads diverged in the woods and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
Conclusion
Robert Frost's famous poem is about choices. It is about making a choice that will affect the rest of your life. This is shown by the metaphor used in the first and last stanzas. The lines compare a fork in the road to a decision you have to make.

Throughout the poem the author is indecisive. He convinces himself to go down the path less trodden.
He imagines as he starts down the path that "somewhere ages and ages hence" he took the one less traveled by "and that has made all the difference."
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