Two Choices In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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Everyone has or will meet some crosses and turn points on the road of their life that they have to choose one from the other. An individual may deal with the same situation in a completely opposite way to others and his choice probably will result in a distractive future. For example, our ancestor’s choice of leaving Africa and migrating to other continents causes a multicultural world with multiplicity and complexity. The Road Not Taken” is one of the most famous poems Robert Frost composed in the year 1916; written in pentameter five feet includes four stanzas of five lines for each with the basic rhyme of ABAAB. The poet recalled a choice he made between “two roads diverged in a yellow wood”; his struggles about the future and self-examination …show more content…
It is about a big decision in poet’s life----choosing composing for a living. Frost himself once said that the propose “The Road Not taken” is to ridicule Edward Thomas, his walking companion, for his real-life choices of road. I think “two roads” in front of Frost are two choices, one is keeping the job as a teacher at a college; another is to be a professional poet and he “took the one less traveled by,” which is the second one. Both of Frost and his wife Elinor knew his talent as a poet, but he did not declare his life as a poet until the age of thirty-two,1912. After that he gain the great harvest, he desired for his …show more content…
Frost himself said in his seminal essay “ Education By Poetry” that “ poetry provides that one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another.”(Frost, 36) One of the exemplars of this technique is “ the life is a journey”, the invisible path change as we make choices. Frost illuminates that “yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.”; the flooding of time is ineluctable and irreversible, we cannot back to the past and change our decision. In this poem, two roads diverge in the wood horizontally and will not meet again. Human have “free will” to choose, but the results cannot be changed. Another way to explain the metaphor within “the road” is roads are artificial which symbols human; “the yellow wood” is the nature. There is not path in the nature until the people build it with their feet. “ And looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth;”, at the this point, narrower cannot see further is not because “it bent” but the rest of the road doesn’t exist yet. This attitude of the connection between nature and human happened to coincide with Christianity and Taoism, a Chinese religion emphasizes life in a harmony with “Tao”(means “ way and principle”) . Dan Brown asserted that “ a poem needn’t be replete with metaphors, of course, but it’s an unusual poem that doesn’t have any.” The truth is the polar opposite: the metaphor is the

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