I wrote an essay on the Road not taken by Robert Frost. I initially thought of writing about Hermione from Harry Potter but decided on this towards the end.
Essay on the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Although I must admit that I am not a huge poetry fan, most of the poems by Robert Frost appeal to me and this would have to be the one that appeals the most. When I first read this poem, I liked it because of its free verse style and its apparent simplicity. The obvious basic meaning is that the poem is about a person's choices in life. The poet describes coming to a problem with the fork in the road. He must go down on one but feels he will not be able to amend his decision.
This poem provides an outlook at the choices one has in life. How one comes to decide which choices are better and what are their consequences. We are often forced to make a decision between the two paths and must decide which path to take though each path may appeal to us equally. No matter how small a decision is, it will affect a person's life forever. The diverging roads in the poem are symbolic of the choices we are faced with everyday of life. Choosing one course will lead us in one direction, while the other will likely move away towards a completely different journey. This poem is a journey of self-discovery and a gathering of wider meanings and interpretations. Often, we regret the choices that we make and wonder what course our life would have taken if we'd chosen otherwise.
Life is never a straight path. Decisions always have to be made between the paths we choose to travel by and when the decision is made and the road is followed, there is no turning back. It will alter our life. From this poem, I learnt that I need to choose my own path and make my own decisions and take responsibility for my mistakes, learn from them and move forward accordingly. I learnt some decisions are major, life altering choices. They are not to be taken lightly and we must live with the choices we make; whether to follow the path set by others and take the path more traveled by or to be a leader and create one of our own.
Before reading this poem, I had a pretty ordinary view of the world. I held the common paradigms. This poem taught me to be different, to take risks, to pursue something totally uncommon and make a celebration out of it. After reading this piece of work, I have chosen to be adventurous. We do not know what life has in store for us. Each choice sets the future off to a completely different course and I have decided to explore every element of life. I choose to step out of my comfort zone and try something new throughout my journey of life. I choose to "travel the road less travelled by" and I know it will make all the difference.
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