The Road Not Taken
The Road not Taken
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.
This poem by Robert Frost is one that has been read in school English classes for years. It is considered to be public domain as it was written in 1916. The questions about this piece of literature will be as follows for this paper: Why did the work capture the reader’s attention? What analytical approach did the reader use to interpret this poem? And what is the meaning of this selected literary work, using the described analytical approach used by the reader? The approach used for interpretation of this poem is the reader response approach, described by the questions above (Clugsgton, 2010). This work captured my attention because of the type of literature presented, through an emotional connection with the work, and by the use of image and metaphor. This poem presents the image of two roads in the woods that come together and then fork. The separation of the roads forces the person--either driving or walking--to choose a path. The metaphor presented in this literary piece is the comparison of the divergence of the roads to the decisions we...
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