Robert Frosts 's The Road Not Taken Essay

819 Words Jan 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Power in “The Road Not Taken”
Robert Frosts “The Road Not Taken” is a poem about the options we are given and the choices we make in life. The way the poem reads make you feel as if you are walking in the woods with the poet and facing the same choices he is. The poem tells you about what the paths look like and what choice will be made. It also takes you into the future in which the man making the decision looks back and wonders if perhaps he should have chosen differently “ I shall be telling this with a sigh” (line 16). This poem serves to remind us of the power in the choices we make daily. Frost starts out by describing where the reader’s thoughts should be. He tells us that the man in the poem is facing a dilemma, he is trying to choose which path is best for him “And sorry I could not travel both” (line 2). Frost is sure that we are aware the man in the poem has been standing there, facing this decision, and so far has not reached a conclusion. He is trying to base his decision on what he can see, and that’s not much “And looked down one as far as I could/ To where it bent in the undergrowth/ Then took the other, just as fair,” (lines 4-6). This makes is clear that you can not see more one way than the other and that in the end it is all up to you. Frost eventually makes it clear that the difference in the paths is minimal “Had worn them really about the same.” (line 10) and that the real issue is that he has to choose and what will happen if he chooses wrong? He…

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