William Stafford “Traveling Through the Dark” & Robert Frost “the Road Not Taken”

1419 words 6 pages
Ismael Gonzalez
Professor Edwards
February 24, 2013

William Stafford “Traveling Through the Dark” & Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” In Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” we can see how many different aspects of life decision making comes in the form of symbolisms. “Two roads diverge in a yellow wood. And sorry I couldn’t not travel both” This showing use how unwilling the character is of not making a right decision, this is centered on how life can come with certain choices one must make but is very unclear on how to. People always want to have everything at once but it is to show that it is impossible to have it all at the same time. The contrast completely with William Stafford “Traveling Through the Dark” where even if a
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In one of the stories the person stumbles upon a problem that makes him take a harsh decision and the other one even if it is not a harsh decision it is a problem that all of us stumble upon at least once in our lives.
In Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” a traveler looks back at a time in his life when he must choose between two paths at a fork in the road and chooses one path over another. Choosing between two roads is used to symbolize the decision making situation and the feelings he has when he makes the wrong decision. Frost calls the poem “the road Not Taken” to suggest that once a choice is made between two equal choices, the tendency is to dwell on the choice not made. The title of the poem immediately suggests that the speaker is focusing not on the choice he did make long ago, but on the road he chose not to take. The poem’s language supports this interpretation.

Frost begins his poem with the speaker recalling that “Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood” and saying that he is “sorry he could not travel both. The point of view Frost uses of the two roads diverging is a metaphor for the choices a person has to make over the course of a lifetime. The roads in the poems are choices or decisions. "Way leads onto way" suggests that one choice leads to other choices. The two kinds of sighs in the poem are a sigh of relief and a sigh of regret. Frost names the poem