In analyzing the poem The Road Not Taken Essay by Robert Frost, it represents the
classic choice of a moment and a lifetime.(pg 129) He relies much on the reflections of
nature to convey his theme. However, this poem seems to be in essence very simple but
opens the door for many interpretations.
In using a simple fork in a road, Frost writes much to symbolize life and choices
in which one will make. Frost uses unique ability to see an ordinary, everyday activity
to portray such a theme.
By using such simple endeavors, Frost reaches his audience on
a more personal level. However, it is only ones past, present and the attitude with which
he or she looks upon the future that determines the shade of light in which the poem will
There is never a straight path for one to follow on lifes journey. By using two
paths in which to choose from, Frost leaves one to realize that everyone must travel and
will reach a point of decision. With stating And sorry I could not travel both, Frost
shows the point in which one will choose because there is only one path in which one
may travel. It is most difficult to make a decision on each appealing path because
everyone will always seem to question what could I or could I not miss out on? The
fact he is sorry he is sorry he cannot travel, or choose, both paves the way for regret. This
will often be reflected upon by an individual in which saying what could have been
leads one to dwelling over the choice of road in which they did not take.
In knowing that each one may be influenced in many directions, Frost clearly
implies And be one traveler, long I stood. No matter how each of us may be influenced
by family or various sources, there is only one traveler that will be affected by any
decision and there is quite a lengthy thought process involved. Regardless of any outside
influence there is only one to be involved and truly affected, as does any choice in life.
In somewhat of an attempt to make a decision each person wants to carefully
examine the unknown. In using sort of a checks and balances a person would weigh out
the risk factor to be involved. Frost uses the line, And looked down one as far as I
could to portray an involved examination.
The strain used in as far as I could
symbolizes somewhat of a unknown content of where the path may lead. No matter
what one knows of the beginning of a road there seems to be some unknown factor
involved, as does any choice in life. It is the way that he chooses here that sets him off
on his journey and where the road will take him.
Then as we close out the first stanza, we establish that yet one road has been
looked down as far as possible. However, the use of the semicolon after under-
growth initiates a turn of the head to lead into the examination of the other road. (pg
Then took the other, just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim.
seems to have made it such a better claim is that it was grassy and wanted wear. It was
a road obviously not for everyone because it seemed that the majority of people took the
other often traveled path. Therefore, Frost calls this the road less traveled by. The
simple fact that the traveler chooses to take this path over the frequently chosen path,
indicates the type of personality in the traveler. It shows that the individual is one to
not particularly follow the crowd but sets him apart from the rest by doing something
new and unique. It is often called the path of least resistance.
In being somewhat of an
easier way with less obstacles to overcome.
And both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black. The
leaves had somewhat covered the ground and since the time they had fallen no one had
yet to travel on this road. Perhaps Frost does this to show that each time a person comes
to a point where they have to make a .