How to Lead Your Life Independently, from Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a poem about a traveller and the road that he chooses to take when his original road diverges, becoming two. If you look at it on different levels, it can be seen as a story a simple tale of a man who has to make a cautious decision of which road he should take when it diverges in a wood or about how you should be independent in the decisions you make in life. The poem itself may be a reflection of a past time that the poet had once, on one level or another, endured.

The poem is of a man, who is confronted with the choice of which road to take, when the original road diverges, becoming two. He looks down each road as far as he can see and assesses the two options. Eventually coming to a decision, he chooses the road that was ‘grassy and wanted wear’. But this analysis obtains a very literal perception of the poem. In a more abstract sense, the poem is of a man who is faced with the dilemma of how to lead his life. He realises, that he may never be able to return and revisit the road not taken, never be able to see what he missed out on in not ...

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