“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
September 13, 2013
In a person's life many decisions have to be made; the decisions that we make will impact the rest of our lives. Robert Frost brings such a decision to us in his poem, “The Road Not Taken”. In this paper, I will explain why this poem captured my interest, using terms and concepts from the text, describing one of the analytical approaches, using details from the text to support my interpretations, and evaluate the meaning of the poem, using the analytical approach I selected.
I believe everyone has found themselves at this point in their lives, which is why I was able to connect to the poem and why it interested me as I usually do ...view middle of the document...
Travelers who face two roads are just like people facing forks in their lives.
The metaphor is straight forward and to the point. “The Road Not Taken,” relating to someone having to make a decision on how their life is going to go. Like I said earlier, “everyone will or has to come to this point in their lives.” The speaker really wants to go down both paths – he's thinking hard about his choice. He's staring down one road, trying to see where it goes. But he can only see up to the first bend, where the undergrowth, the small plants and greenery of the woods, blocks his view. This is where we start to think about the metaphorical meanings of this poem. If our speaker is, as we suspect, at a fork in the road of his life, and not at an actual road, he could be trying to peer into his future as far as he can. But, since he can't really predict the future, he can only see part of the path.
This initial ambiguity sets in play equivocations that extend throughout the poem. The poem repeatedly insists that both roads are the same. It’s only when we look back that we see that they look different. We revise our own history to tell ourselves that we made the right choice, took the right road. We let our present mindset influence how we view our past. If we had taken the other road, a whole other set of consequences would have set into action, things that we wouldn’t know about or control. Not the road itself but the fact that we made a choice is what made all the difference.
Imagination is when this play comes in and you are reflecting what you are reading in your head. It is the reason why literary work captures the attention, or interest of its audience so well. Robert Frost Poetry combines the use of language and a...