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Yellow Ria Bhandarkar

Analysis of the poem: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Ria Bhandarkar

on 22 January 2014

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The Road Not Taken
I think that this is a fantastic poem! Robert Frost talks about how hard it is to make a decision and that some choices will affect your life forever, in good and bad ways. I like how his poem is an extended metaphor, comparing two different options to different roads and showing that sometimes you need to think about what path to take. The poem made me understand how many choices you will make in life and how important they are. Robert Frost, who had a diverse range of careers obviously made a lot of tough choices so this was a familiar topic for him. Overall, I thought this was a great poem with a lot of meaning.
Ria Bhandarkar
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Figurative Language
Robert Frost is considered one of the best poets of our time. When he was our age, he moved to Massachusetts. It was there, in his school, that he became interested in poetry. After working as a teacher, cobbler and editor he started to publish his poems. His first poem "The Butterfly" was published in 1894. "The Butterfly" was soon followed by the collections A Boy's Will and North of Boston . His other works included Steeple Bush and In the Clearing. He received numerous accolades including the famed Pulitzer Prize for his work. He eventually died in Boston in 1963. To learn more about him, go to
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.

Here is the reading of the poem!
This is one of the most debated poems in history. But most of the people who read and discuss it agree that the whole poem is basically an extended metaphor. They compare two paths to two choices. In the final stanza, Mr. Frost states that he "took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference." People often feel when they have to make a tough choice that they are offered two different paths. This talks about how hard it is to choose two paths.
extended metaphor- comparing two things throughout the whole poem.
Famous poem with an extended metaphor: Life is a mountain, filled with switchbacks and rock slides and a few straight paths to the top.
A Robert Frost Poem
imagery- describing something using your 5 senses. You paint a picture in the reader's mind.

Mr.Frost uses the poetic device "imagery" a lot in his poem. An example of this is when he says, "because it was grassy and wanted where" and "two roads diverged in a yellow wood." This really gives you a picture of where he is. This adds to the extended metaphor in the poem by describing one path as not often taken and the other as a way most people took.
I don't think that Robert Frost actually wrote his poem about two paths. I think that his poem was about decisions and how hard they are. He doesn't make it clear if going down the "road not taken" or the choice people didn't usually make was good or bad. So the poem either means that it's good to take risks or that you should always make the safe decision.
Sometimes, it's not as clear which path is which!
What choices will make?
Robert Frost
He looks happy! ->
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