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"the man who follows the crowd, gets no further than the crowd, the man who walks alone, finds himself places no man has ever known" stephen graham" - Whytee

The Road Not Taken

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 03:17 AM
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When reading this poem, I interpret is as a metaphor to life and decision-making.   It is regarding, being given two different choices, which could take you on many different paths, with ups and downs, that will very well lead you into two different directions.   Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads each of our continuous journeys, life.   There is never a straight path that leaves anyone with a single direction in which to head. Regardless of the original message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem, \"The Road Not Taken\", has left its readers with many different interpretations.

It is in my own belief and interpretation that this poem demonstrates Frost\'s belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he is. \"And sorry I could not travel both...\" It is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity cost, what will be missed out on. There is a strong sense of regret before the choice is even made and it lies in the knowledge that in one lifetime, it is impossible to travel down every path.

In an attempt to make a decision, the traveler \"looks down one as far as I could\". The road that will be chosen leads to the unknown, as does any choice in life. As much he may strain his eyes to see as far the road stretches, eventually it surpasses his vision and he can never see where it is going to lead. It is the way that he chooses here that sets him off on his journey and decides where he is going.

\"Then took the other, just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim.\"   What made it have the better claim is that \"it was grassland wanted wear.\" It was something that was obviously not for everyone because it seemed that the majority of people took the other path that he calls it \"the road less traveled by\". The fact that the traveler took this path over the more popular, secure one indicates the type of personality he has,...


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