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A road less traveled by Robert Frost - poem analysis


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The Road Not Taken

Readers' have many interpretations of the poem "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost. It's the morning of an autumn day and a young man is traveling by foot to a fork in the road. There are two different paths to take. One looks to be a fairly traveled road, whereas the other seems to be covered in grass and less wear. The idea is alluded by the reference in the different looking paths. In this poem, Frost sets up a scenario of two possible paths. These two roads are equally appealing or equally intimidating. He has come to realize that each road has the same amount of wear than the other.
"Because it was grassy and wanted wear", says that this path wants to be traveled. The traveler was conflicted with the decision to make " And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveler, long I stood",{pg 1123}He decides to take the second road and thought to himself he could take the other one another day, even though he knew he would probably never be back there again. This is a common predicament in people's everyday lives; choosing a "road" or path of life. Everyone wants to think they chose the right path and move on.
In the last stanza's, the traveler talks about how he had to make the decision and not that he wishes he could have taken both, but he is happy with his choice. He went with the road he thought was less traveled. This may be his independent spirit that helped make this choice.
Whether the ideas perceived are from the author or someone else's point of view; it's about taking chances in life and not always following the "map". One never knows for sure which road to take because of opportunities that could be missed out on. There is no judgment from these paths, just lessons learned. These lessons and decisions that have to be made are what make people who they are today. No matter what choices we come across, they will always have a significant impact on our lives.

Mar 26, 2011, 07:24am   #2
generally when analyzing a piece, you wouldnt just say what is written. assume that your reader has read the piece before and start analyzing
so my advice
either take out this bit or incorporate somewhere else
It's the morning of an autumn day and a young man is traveling by foot to a fork in the road. There are two different paths to take. One looks to be a fairly traveled road, whereas the other seems to be covered in grass and less wear. The idea is alluded by the reference in the different looking paths.

start with this part instead
In this poem, Frost sets up a scenario of two possible paths
man0005:
either take out this bit or incorporate somewhere else

I understand what Mark means, but in some classes the teacher requires a bit of explanation first. So, it all depends on what the teacher requires.

You can say "more.... than" or "the same amount... as"
I want to try to fix this sentence:
He has come to realize that each road has the same amount of wear. than the other.---This makes more sense, now, but is it really what you are trying to express?

Keep it in the present verb tense:
He decides to take the second road and thinks to himself that he can take ...
I like this part: There is no judgment from these paths, just lessons learned.



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