The Road Not Taken
The poem â€œThe Road Not Takenâ€ by Robert Frost, is a poem which when read the first time, seems very simplistic and straightforward. That is in fact not true, by any means. The poem is not only about choices and the outcomes of these choices, but it is also about the decisions we, as humans, are required to make in life and the inability to know what could have been.
The poem begins with the line: â€œTwo roads diverged in a yellow woodâ€¦â€ These two roads refer to two possible choices. If you picture this, you can imagine a person standing at a fork, two roads blossoming in two different directions. This person must choose one of these two. The ...view middle of the document...
This is not easy though, and as you read into the second stanza of the poem you understand that the final decision is an uncertain and naÃ¯ve one; and though he carefully examined the two paths, his decision was ultimately a blind one.
Frost goes on to explain in the second stanza of the poem his reasoning for choosing the path he did. He describes how the speaker took the path that seemed, at the time, to be less traveled. This gets the reader thinking that the speaker chose to be more individual and take the less mainstream path. But if you read into the third stanza, Frost writes, â€œOh, I kept the first for another day!â€ He is referring to the path he chose not to take, but he is not saying he will never take that path, he says he will save it for another day in the future. But, then he comes to a more realistic term and realizes how â€œway leads on to wayâ€ and that it is very unlikely that heâ€™ll find his way back because once we cross that fork in the road we must move on. Thereâ€™s no backpedaling or turning back. I think this is one of the most poignant lines in the poem for the fact that everyone can relate; everyone has roads they have not taken. It is these impermanent paths, or choices, that are especially dangerous because they very easily have a way of becoming permanent.
The First line in the fourth and final stanza reads: â€œI shall be telling this with a sighâ€¦â€
This line could be interpreted in really any way. No one can truly know the true symbolism behind his sigh. It could be a sigh of regret or wistfulness, which is my personal opinion, but it could just as likely be a sigh of satisfaction and content. It could be a combination of everything, but I think Frost intentionally left it open...