The Road Not Taken

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Careful Analysis of the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost communicates to readers the importance of choices made in life. Frost uses simple language to communicate a complex meaning about the choices made in one’s life. Everyone is faced daily with decisions varying in significance and complexity. Whether it is choosing what to eat for lunch, which color to paint the house, whom to marry or where to live, the decisions we make in the moments of each day impact our life both in the present and future. The interpretation of this poem can be helpful for the Christian when facing decisions in life. So many Christians are living passively in the state of indecision instead of making a decision and living passionate and dynamic lives for God. Frost’s poem, “The Road not Taken” opens up with Frost facing a decision of which path to take in the “yellow wood.” (Frost) Because of the color of the leaves, one can suppose that it is the season of autumn. It is possible that this season of change is symbolic to this Frost himself entering into a season of change in his life as well. The “two roads diverged” (Frost) in the forest symbolize a “fork in the road.” Perhaps the “y” in “yellow wood” (Frost) is intended by Frost to give a picture of a diverging path or a point of decision. In the poem, Frost has reached this fork in the road or point of decision, not just in his walk in the woods, but in his walk of life as well. The last four lines of the first stanza show Frost contemplating which path to take in the forest. He is sorry he “could not travel both.” (Frost) He is not hasty in making his decision, but he stands in the place of indecision for a long time, straining to see what the outcome of the path might be. Frost does not expound on what he thinks when he sees the undergrowth on the first path, but it would seem that he is quick to eliminate choosing the first path because it appears to be challenging. The second stanza of the poem...
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