Interpretation Of The Road Not Taken

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Interpretation of poetry is fundamentally up to the reader and what each individual takes away after reading the piece of work generally varies. To me, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is truly a delightful poem that dramatizes the conflict in dealing with life’s choices and consequently the repercussions thereafter. During the poem the speaker comes to a fork in the road, which is an extended metaphor that is comparable to a major decision that he must make in his life. There are many times throughout our lives that we each have to make a decision, weigh the consequences, and then deal with the wonder that follows. The wonder of whether or not the final decision, is the correct one. The vocabulary utilization in “The Road Not Taken” is …show more content…
A decision perhaps regarding what path to travel in his life. In the next line the poet says: “sorry I could not travel both” (2), and it seems as if he wishes that a decision does not have to be made whatsoever. Nevertheless the choice has to be made, which he is apprehensive about since “long I stood” (3). The traveler stands there looking “down one as far as he could” (4) in order to determine which path he wants to take; however, he could only see “to where it bent in the undergrowth” (5). Line five is another metaphor in this poem, this one is symbolic to the future and not being able to predict what will happen and make the decision …show more content…
The first line begins with the poet thinking “I shall be telling this with a sigh” (16), but a sigh has the possibility of being joyous or extremely regretful. There is no way for the reader to know precisely how he is feeling, especially because he is only thinking ahead, even he has no way of knowing at this point. Next he thinks ahead about telling the story of this day “somewhere ages and ages hence” (17), which gives the impression of being many years ahead. In the next line he reiterates the beginning of the poem, “two roads diverged in a wood” (18) but adds “and I”, which informs the reader that what is about to be said next is important, “I took the one less traveled by” (19). At the end he is telling someone, possibly himself, that he “took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference” (19, 20); although, he previously says in stanza two that they are pretty much the

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