Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, recognizes the theme of making choices. In the poem, the speaker comes across a fork in the road when walking in the woods on an autumn day. Presented before him are two alternatives, with one option reasonably obvious and the other more subtle. He anticipates that one path has been traveled on more often than the other; however both paths are equally untraveled. While the speaker desires to follow both routes, he can only choose one, thus he arbitrarily makes a choice and hopes to make the best of that choice. Conversely, he emphasizes over the option he rejected in his choice.
As a poet, Robert Frost drew his inspiration from incorporating his personal experiences into his poems and imitating his candid
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In the poem, the speaker phrases, “And looked down one as far as I could. To where it bent in the undergrowth” (4-5). Frost introduces a life altering decision. The speaker must choose between the diverging paths, and he perceives his choice as a metaphor for choosing between different directions in life. Symbolically, the outcomes of real life decisions can only be predicted so far because life is not a straight path and is often entangled with different routes. He regrets that he cannot follow both routes, but since that is impossible, he delays his decision to consider his options. Unable to see what lies beyond the paths, he examines both roads from his current position. He notices that neither road have been walked on for the morning because the fallen leaves are left undisturbed. At first, one road seems more preferable than the other; however, he later concludes that the paths are "just as fair" (6) as the other. In other words, both paths are roughly similar. He then changes his mind, and opts for a different future by examining the second path. He reassures himself that he will someday return and walk the other road, yet he knows it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to do

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