Analysis Of The Road Not Taken

Topics: Poetry, The Road, Stanza, Tercet, Sestet, Road / Pages: 5 (1002 words) / Published: Mar 7th, 2017
Brooke Chubinsky
Professor Crystal Nelson
English 2010
1 March 2017
The Interpretation Not Taken Poetry, by virtue of its figurative nature, is quite often misunderstood. However, there is no such poem more misinterpreted than Robert Frost’s 1916 work, “The Road Not Taken.” Generations of students, scholars and other readers of poetry are quick to take this poem at face value, placing superficial judgment without employing some of the most important devices available to the careful reader - reading between the lines and embracing ambiguity. If anyone on the street were to respond to questioning regarding his or her interpretation of this familiar poem, the answer would most likely have something to do with the idea of the impact one notable
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Upon reaching the roads, the speaker states, “long I stood / And looked down one as far as I could,” demonstrating this person really did look into the options presented, wondering about the implications of each choice (Frost 3-4). In the third stanza, the speaker does discuss saving the other road for another day, all yet knowing that he or she will most likely never return to take it, anyway. This statement shows that the importance of the choice exists not in the supposed “road not taken,” but rather, the concept that neither of the roads is actually less taken, but that this view will only be considered in the future once prompted about the consequences of this choice. This is further asserted in the last stanza, as the speaker admits “I will be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence,” noting that while the roads appear equal upon reflection, he or she will go on to claim that choosing one over the other will become more profound from a future vantage point (Frost 16-17). The “sigh” of the speaker should be neither interpreted as an indicator of regret nor of relief. Rather, this“sigh” in the last stanza demonstrates almost a sense of sarcasm and conveys an ironic quality. This irony is created by the concept that the speaker is going to fabricate the tangible facts of these two roads into a tale which typifies the uniqueness of this assumed “momentous” moment in this person’s life. While Frost spends the first three stanzas asserting how these roads were not remarkably contrasting, he uses the last stanza to discuss how the story will be that the speaker “took the road less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference” (19-20). Frost quite literally tells the reader that the roads are the same, but that the future self of the speaker will retell the story in slightly skewed

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