The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost , Poetry Explication
The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost addresses the idea of decision-making and choosing what direction life will take you. The poem is about the speaker arriving at a fork in the road, where both paths are carpeted with leaves. The persona, who is believed to be Frost himself, chooses to take the road less traveled by. He tells himself that he will take the other road another day, although he knows it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to do so. The poem concludes with the speaker satisfied by his choice in taking the road less traveled by. The poem consists of four stanzas, each containing five lines. The rhyme rigid scheme is ABAAB. Then, in the last line the rhyme is broken with the word "difference" making
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Then, with the use of, "Oh, I kept the first for another day!" (line 13), the speaker repeats his hesitation and regret for not being able to travel down both paths from line two. The speaker acknowledges that his decision in this passing moment will have to be permanent by saying, "
way leads on to way, I doubted if I ever should come back" (line 14-15). Once a decision is made, the speaker won't get the chance to retrace his steps and travel down the road not taken. He is basically saying that what road or choice is picked now will affect his life just as much as what can not be undone.
At the end of the poem, the speaker finally makes his decision and embraces it. In the last stanza, Frost confuses the reader with a "
" (line 16) that is open to interpretation. One can wonder if the sigh is out of relief, regret, frustration, or contentment. He creates a sense of nostalgia in line 17 when he says that he will be telling the story for years to come. This signifies that the speaker will no longer regret the choice that he made. Frost realizes that the chosen road can make a difference in who you are and the way you live. He makes this clear in his famous line, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" (line18-20).
In the end Frost made his decision to take the road less traveled by based on his personal