Road Not Taken

Topics: The Road, Robert Frost, Decision making software, Decision theory, Sadness, Depression / Pages: 3 (743 words) / Published: Oct 14th, 2013
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Robert Frost’s: The Road Not Taken

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In Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” he tells of a journey that the reader makes alone. He describes his journey in great detail, and the sense of loneliness comes thru, as he writes. Although thru out the poem he never really says of where the road he is taking will lead him, you since that the road he does choose is always going to be a lonely one. There is hidden meaning behind his poem, and thru out this paper it will be trying to find the meaning and thought behind this piece of literature. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;” (Frost 1920). This poem captured my interest, because you could sense the loneliness Robert Frost felt when writing this poem. With his tone as he writes, his mood seems sad or he is depressed. He uses the road as a symbol of a choice he has to make, possibly in his life that he is not certain about. (Clugston 2010, Ch.2). As you read the poem there is a lot of thought and meaning behind his words, “Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.” (Frost 1920). The type of approach I took when reading this poem, was the Reader-Response, which is where I connected with the piece of work by finding a personal link to this piece of work. (Clugston 2010, Ch.16) With the Reader-Response approach, what capture my imagination, is the imagine of two



References: Frost, Robert. “The Road Not Taken” Mountain Interval. 1920. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173536#poem Clugston, R. Wayne. (2010). Journey into Literature. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.

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