We often find in life that we are left to wonder what might have happened, what could have been, and how things would’ve turned out... if only.... In Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken," explores this very realm of uncertainty with a poetic curiosity that makes us indeed wonder what could have been. Robert's subject is narrowed down to a choice. The poet is faced with two roads, two ideas, and two possibilities of action. The poem examines the choice between these two roads, and the results of the choice which the
poet makes. "And sorry I could not travel both..." It is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity cost, what will be missed out on. In an attempt to make a decision, the traveller "looks down one as far as I could". The road that will be chosen leads to the unknown, as does any choice in life. "The Road Not Taken" is a poem full of symbols which Robert Frost uses nature images to get his point across. The quote, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood”, gives the reader
the image of two roads which lead on to two different directions in a wood. “The Road Not Taken” has provided insights to our contemporary society because it has inspired many people as it illustrates the saying “Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”. The less trodden path will always have many uncleared bushes and obstacles but at the end it will have its own share of beauty that few people have... [continues]
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