The Road Not Taken

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The Road Not Taken

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost can be interpreted in many ways. I understood that the roads were symbols of life and the struggles of making decisions.
In the first stanza the narrator tells the story of the two paths. Both of which he cannot see that far down. “And sorry I could not travel both.”(2) He wishes that he could travel down both paths, but he knows that he cannot split into two. The decision of which road he takes will be permanent. He will never be able to change it, or go back in time and rewrite what has been written.

The first line of the poem “Two roads diverged in yellow wood,” (1) gives a good visual description into the narrators head. The time is autumn when all the leaves are changing colors. It also reflects on when things are changing and about to die. The decision of which road to take in life will be full of death and hardship. It shows that no matter which path is taken, it will not be easy.

“And looked down as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth” (4, 5) I think the narrator has a really hard time deciding which path to take. He stands for a long time trying to decide which option is better. He has no idea of knowing which choices in life are going to affect him in certain ways. We go through life making choices every day, but do we ever really stop and think about it, or do we just chose blindly?

After contemplating for so long, he chooses the other path. “As just as fair” (6) both roads were the same. To what he could see, neither was more enchanting that the other. He had examined one road for so long not knowing what lies ahead for either one. He chooses blindly. Jumping into the unknown, of which he cannot take back.

“And having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear;” (7, 8) Choosing this path, the narrator thinks is better. The grass is green, which symbolizes life and the living. The colors in the poem really stick out in comparison to life and...
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