Analysis of Robert Frost’s Poems "The Road Not Taken" and "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

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I chose to analyze "The Road Not Taken" and "Nothing Gold Can Stay" because of the hidden philosophical views. Essentially, that is what Robert Frost is about, "hiding" his personal feelings, leaving it up to the reader to interpret the meanings. "The Road Not Taken" is such a thought-provoking poem. It reminds me of my own recent choice in changing my life's path to the "one less traveled by." And "Nothing Gold Can Stay" reminds me that not even nature has perfection forever, and to live life to the fullest with those I love most, because life is brief, just like the "early flower." First, we look at "Road." Frost speaks of a "yellow wood" leading the reader to believe it is autumn, but also the color yellow is associated with brightness and joy. Frost wrote this poem after he moved to England, when his life had reached a "mid-point," so we can infer his use of "autumn woods" is a metaphor for the beginning of our waning years. So the traveler is in front of a fork in the road, deciding which path to choose. As he debates each path, he looks "far as I could," and notices both "Had worn really about the same." So, by now we realize certainly this isn't simply about which road one should take to go home, but rather symbolizing making decisions in one's life. Whether it be choice of profession, or choosing a spouse, or even where to live. Something that should be noted, we should try not to interpret what's not there. Frost wrote of the paths, that they both "equally lay/In leaves no step had trodden black" taking away that this is not a decision between "good and evil." In the last stanza, he talks about a future time, "I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence." Is it a sigh of regret, or relief? Neither the traveler nor the reader knows, for it is of a time that has yet to pass. We make decisions in life that will affect us for years to

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