The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Poetry Explication of “The Road Not Taken”

In “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost, he depicts a person that comes to a decision that they had made in their past. They have a couple of choices, hence the two roads that were depicted in the poem. But the speaker is going deeper; he is facing two choices both having pros and cons in the decision and in the end the speakers decision affects them for the rest of their life.

The speaker in the first line states that he is facing two roads, two choices. How badly he wants to take both roads to see how things will be, so he looks down each path as far as he can see, so he sees what will affect him in his life, but he is not able to see all that is to offer from both paths, looking down the first the path: “And looked down as far as I could” it went behind trees and bushes and is gone: “To where it bent in the undergrowth.” The next path he notices it is not trampled like the other and so he takes it. Both roads are covered in leaves that are not so much walked on at all, because the leaves are not trampled or “trodden” to the point that they were turning into dirt. He keeps on the path as states in the third stanza, line four: “Yet knowing how way leads to way.” As he continues on down the path he knows he can’t go back to certain points because they already happen in his life. The speaker explains to the reader that he will eventually tell this story when he gets old. He has two choices, two paths to take and having taken the path: “…less traveled by” it changes his life completely.

The most significant part of the theme of this poem Frost uses metaphors. A metaphor is a comparison between two things that do not use the words like or as. Frost uses the word road to describe that in life a person can have these paths or choices that they have to choose from as depicted in the first stanza. The person had a choice between: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” But like many decisions, a person can only...
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