Poetry and Yellow Wood

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1. Where does the traveler find himself? What problem does he face? 2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you.
(i) A yellow wood
(ii) It was grassy and wanted wear
(iii) The passing there
(iv) Leaves no step had trodden black
(v) How way leads on to way
3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them (i) in stanzas two and three?
(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?
4. What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?) AnswerDiscussionShare1. The traveller found himself at a place from which two roads diverged into a yellow wood. The problem he faced was that he had to choose between the two roads. He could not travel both. Hence, the making of the decision of which road to take was the dilemma in his mind. 2. (i) It could mean either a forest with trees having yellow leaves or may be a forest with sandalwood trees. (ii) The road that he decided to take was grassy and it was less worn out as compared to the other. This implies that the road was not too much in use as the grass was still afresh and it seemed that not many people had walked on it. (iii) This refers to the people passing through that road.

(iv) This refers to the fact that the road was lined with leaves, which were fresh and no step had trodden them black. This means that nobody has walked on that road as there were no marks of foot on the leaves and they were as fresh as ever. (v) Here, the poet refers to the fact that one road always leads to other roads. It depends on the path you choose as it eventually leads to another path and so on. 3. (i) In stanzas two and three, the poet expresses the similarities between the two roads. He says that both were equally fair. The road that he took was grassy and seemed as if it wanted some wear as it had not been used enough. However, he again says that the people who had taken the two roads had worn them both about the same. That particular morning when...
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