Analysis Of The Road Not Taken, By Robert Frost

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Edward Thomas, a British poet, had been stuck in his house all day. Suffocated by his work, Thomas decides that he earned a well-deserved break and went out for a pleasant afternoon stroll. A calming breeze rustles the gleaming leaves as Thomas enjoys the gifts that Mother Nature has to offer. The sun was slowly dying when Thomas was encountered with a decision; he chose poorly—drunk with his weary state of mind—and came to regret his decision. As Thomas reminisced at home with his company of friends, Thomas’s misfortune sparked an idea inside the head of Robert Frost, a friend of Thomas, and a fellow poet that will develop into one of Frost’s most beautiful works. In “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost uses the metaphor of roads to convey how…show more content…
Despite the fact he got the idea from a friend, Frost uses first person point of view because Thomas’s story had a significant effect on Frost (Frost). Robert Frost noticed the relatability of the situation and uses first person to bring the audience into the woods. This way of using the audience helps to enforce the idea that life should be lived moving forward and not to dwell on the past, regardless of regrets. For example, Frost dropped out of Harvard (Biography). Robert Frost dropping out of Harvard was “The Road Not Taken” (Frost). Frost obviously has some kind of regret of the past, but Frost does not dwell on what could have happen. Rather, Frost convey how he feel about “the one less traveled by” (Frost). The “less traveled” road that Frost is writing about points towards his time as a teacher at Amherst College in 1917 (Illinois). In the twelves years that I been in school, I have only met one or two teacher who have known that teaching was their calling. Frost discovered that being a teacher was very satisfying and “has made all the difference” in his life (Frost). The satisfaction that Robert Frost feel is the pleasure of cultivating young minds to lead an interesting and fulfilling life, despite the brevity of…show more content…
“The Road Not Taken” is setting within a forest (Frost). The roads symbolized the futures that each person leads and the “woods” symbolize the world that we live in. This poem is a biblical allusion to Adam and Eve story. Adam and Eve had a choice and it was either listening to God, their creator, or the serpent. We all know what their choice was and every time we hear it; we sigh at the stupidity of their choice. Frost believe that our choices are always unclear and unapparent in comparison to “The Fall”. For example, Robert Frost describe our choices like the paths that “no step had trodden black” (Frost).. Robert Frost spends about half the poem to convince us that there are nearly no difference between the two roads and, yet, he tells us that he took the road less traveled by. This line suggest that Robert Frost believe he is unique and that not many people see the world the same way that he does. In Thomas’s story, he described the roads as “paths”, but obvious Frost change it to roads (Biography). The change to road is a symbol of the growth of civilization and industries. Most of Frost’s poem was about nature and sometimes he “mythologize” animals (Hollander). This display Frost’s obsession about nature and how much it meant to him. This suggests that Frost had significant understanding of rural
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