Personal Decision In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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“The Road Not Taken” is a poem written by Robert Frost reflecting on a personal experience. He talks about the time when he was to make a difficult decision. With all the evidence gathered, it almost seems as if he regretted the outcome of his decision and he is curious as to see whether the other choice could have been better (or not). This is a very intellectual poem that may leave readers in suspense. For first-time readers, you would never be able to tell if Frost actually regretted taking the path he chose, or if he was grateful for it. It really all depends on how the reader interprets Frost’s wording.

The inspiration for this poem came from his walks with his friend, Edward Thomas, of England. In 1914, when Frost and Thomas lived in
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This could throw readers off. Frost might be implying that it was a sigh or relief, or possibly a sign of regret.

If one thinks in a positive manner, he or she will realize that there never really is a right or wrong choice in your life. A mistake could also be viewed as a lesson; people learn from their mistakes. Perhaps choosing the “wrong” path could have been better than the other path. Living a life full of regrets is not something one would be able to live up to.

The poem goes through the past, present, and future about Frost’s decision. No matter which decision the reader has made in the past, they could always relate to this
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It means that there are usually two paths in life you can take by making a decision. Most people end up taking the road that others want them to, also known as peer pressure. This has been a leading problem, particularly with the bad choices. However, in this poem, Frost implies that he had made the decision himself with the help of no one else. One of the reasons this made it much harder for him is because he was double-minded and doubted which road to take.

Another major theme is exploration. The speaker, who is out in the woods and without a map, doesn’t know which path to take. Rather than turning his tail and running back to where he came from, he chooses a path and forges on, willing to face whatever challenges that may lie ahead. “The Road Not Taken” suggests that the only way to see beyond the bend in the road is to keep

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