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The Road Not Taken Essay

  • Submitted by: MShakun
  • on November 9, 2008
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 453 words

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Robert Frost’s poem is a terrific analogy to the roads we don’t take in our life, and gives meaning to how we think about the choices we make.


"The Road Not Taken"
By Robert Frost

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,

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


In this poem, the speaker stands in the woods, as he thinks about the fork he is faced with in the road. He could take either fork, since both roads are equally trodden and worn.   The speaker chooses one, as he tells himself that he will come back and take the other another day. However, he knows in his soul it is unlikely that he will have the chance to do so.   He eveb admits to himself that someday in the future he will recreate the scene with a variation: He will always insist that he took the road less travelled and that that made all the difference.

There are several key moments in life when we are faced with a fork in the road, i.e. Should I attend this high school or that high school, the same with university, and yet again the same fork when we are presented with several job offers, the reward for all our hard work.

If we go to one school, we will have one set of experiences, meet different kinds of people, and have varying opportunities on graduationg.   If we go to the other school, we will have a completely different...

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