THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
BY ROBERT FROST
This poem is made up of four stanzas of five lines written by “Robert Frost”. Along with “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” this poem is one of Frost’s most beloved poems. The poem is a nostalgic commentary on life choices. The narrator decided to seize the day and express himself as an individual by choosing the road that was “less traveled by.” In the first stanza the poet while standing at the countryside in autumn season takes a look at the surroundings. He finds two fork roads spread in front of him. He, in a questioning state, asks himself which road to be taken. He tries to interpret how long would the road go but could not. The poet by using the image of road and undergrowth signifies “LIFE” and “CHALLENGES OF LIFE”. Two diverged roads symbolize the choices in our life. He is talking about selection of aim in one’s life. Then in the 2nd stanza the poet describes about the roads. He says that in everybody’s life, there are always two choices. We can choose only one of them. He says that the first road was
would go.ththis reading of the poem is extremely popular because every reader can empathize with the narrator’s decision: having to choose between two paths without having any knowledge of where each road will lead. Moreover, the narrator’s decision to choose the “less traveled” path demonstrates his courage. Rather than taking the safe path that others have traveled, the narrator prefers to make his own way in the world. However, when we look closer at the text of the poem, it becomes clear that such an idealistic analysis is largely inaccurate. The narrator only distinguishes the paths from one another after he has already selected one and traveled many years through life. When he first comes upon the fork in the road, the paths are described as being fundamentally identical. In...