The Road Not Taken Analysis

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The Road Not Taken

As I read and analyzed this poem I became aware that it is indeed a great poem and that the reader must dig deep in order to find the true message of the poem. Careful readers shall not be tricked. The Basic Subject of the Poem

The poem starts off with the title “The Road Not Taken.” At first sight this title could be used as foreshadow that the following poem will be about making a mistake, not making the right choice (not taking the right road) therefore establishing a gloomy, mournful tone. It promises that the poem will be about a road not taken or the road that the author does take “because it was grassy and wanted wear.” Another possible foreshadow of the title is that in the poem it does not matter which road you take because as far as the author can see, on both roads, “Had worn them really about the same” and making a decision was quite an arduous task. A profound understanding of the poem will let the reader know that this title is a contradiction since really the author did not take any of the roads since he was still indecisive on which road to take. Though the title is contradictory to the subject of the poem it adds to the MAIN meaning of the poem. It excludes the poem from being interpreted as the author showing nonconformity (“I took the road less travelled by, And that has made all the difference”) which could only apply if the title was called “The Road Less Travelled.” A common, mistakenly chosen, main subject of the poem is regret. “And sorry I could not travel both,” “I kept the first for another day!” “I shall be telling this with a sigh.” True, there is a lot of regret within the poem and fear of making the wrong choice but it still misses the main idea of ACTUAL title which is “The Road Not Taken.” The title does play a considerably big part in the MAIN subject of the poem though it is still contradictory to the, on-the-surface, meaning of it. (It will be explained on the paragraph below). Let’s start this off....
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