The Road Not Taken - Reflection
March 04, 2012
The Road Not Taken – Reflection
In the poem, The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost presents the dilemma of a person facing a fork in the road of life, knowing the decision could forever alter the future. No matter how long the individual stares down the two paths, there is nothing to show which direction is more likely to be the successful journey. This paper will address how Frost approaches these life altering choices, and contemplate regrets about the paths not taken.
This essay takes a reader-response approach to literary criticism. It asks the reader to connect with the literature with a personal or imaginative link to the poem, story, or play. Feelings and opinions cannot dictate the analysis of the person doing the critique. These thoughts must be backed up with specific examples of the literary work (Clugston, 2010).
The Road Not Taken immediately captivated my interest and imagination because of a universal topic; the choices made in life and the resulting paths taken. I connected with this piece of literature because I recently faced a fork in the road. This poem spoke to me of the need to escape my present, dead end, employment situation and the difficulty of that decision. Going back to school at sixty-five was a frightening decision for me. Will I be too old to gain employment when I graduate? From the onset of adulthood, humans make decisions about life over and over. The elderly look back on life and ponder the choices they made: were they the right ones? No one ever knows for sure. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both “ (Frost, 1920, page 9). Facing the two possible roads makes the reader aware of the ambiguity of making life changing decisions.
This poem comes from the point of view of the person facing these life...