Have you ever encountered a difficult, life-changing decision? Have you ever made a choice, thinking you could go back to the other route, but had your decision lead to other decisions and so on, until you ultimately realize you’re too far to turn back? In “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost interprets these divergent paths, or irreversible decisions that must be made in our life, through the stylistic devices of metaphor, imagery, and personification, illustrating that there are challenging choices ahead which may initially seem equal, but that once those decisions are made, they can actually make “all the difference”(20). This poem employs an extended metaphor, allowing the reader to imagine several comparisons. The poet states, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” (1).
The poem is addressed to all people who get in to their crossroads in life, where they need to decide between two roads to travel in. The paradox is when Frost regrets on choosing one road over another because he loses all its possibilities. However, he chose the better road even though he contrasted it when he realizes that both roads are mainly the same. Frost uses also an antithesis as the fact that he cannot go in both ways, although he wants to. Frost’s personification of the two roads symbolizes people’s thoughts and feelings towards life, and in what road they should choose to go through.
He is better off for having even made any decision at all instead of standing there, procrastinating. Although one person cannot take all the roads in life, trying to choose everything will leave that person just as empty as choosing the wrong path. In finally choosing, he changes the direction of his life and encourages the reader to explore new territory or create something new. Above all, one has to be true to himself and follow his heart. The speaker, throughout Robert Frost?s ?The Road Not Taken,?
Life decisions and roads Throughout life, we are forced to make decisions that can and will greatly impact our life and change it significantly. Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken is about how one choice can make a world of difference. The speaker of this poem knows that there is a very important decision to be made and knows that there is no possible way for him to know if his decision will benefit him or not until the future. Frost uses symbols such as the roads and nature to show the reader how in life we must all make decisions that are tough but need to be made. The poem Robert Frost wrote is about someone who is walking through the woods and suddenly comes across a fork in the road.
In any case however, this poem clearly demonstrates Frost’s belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man he is. The central image that Frost presents, which is the path, provides a clear picture that the reader can focus on in order to reveal something about the poem. The “two roads diverged in a yellow wood'; vividly portray the fact that it is always difficult to make a decision because it is impossible not to wonder about the opportunity that will be missed out on. There is a strong sense of regret before the choice is even made and it lies in the knowledge that in one lifetime, it is impossible to travel down every path that one encounters. In an attempt to make a decision, the traveler "looks down one as far as I could."
The Importance of Each Decision in The Road Not Taken "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is a lyrical poem about the decisions that one must make in life. When a man approaches a fork in the road on which he is traveling, he must choose which path to take. The choice that he makes, as with any choices made in life, affects him in a way that "has made all the difference . Thematically, the poem argues that no matter how small a decision is, that decision will affect a person's life forever.
And the places where your decisions would take you can differ greatly. Similarly, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost uses symbolism to demonstrate that everyone is a traveler who chooses the road to follow on his or her journey in life. Each reader comes away with a slightly different meaning from the poem; their human condition will probably dictate the context in which they will interpret the poem. While the speaker chooses which path he ought to take in the woods in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," he also demonstrates that the decision, whether made whimsically or thought long and hard about, will change the speakers life in a way that can't be predicted. The poem starts with "Two roads diverge in a yellow wood,/And sorry I could not travel both/And be one traveler, long I stood/And looked down one as far as I could..." The speaker is faced with a decision.
The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost Robert Frost's poem "The Road Less Traveled" amazingly first written was not intended to convey certain aspects of what it is now interpreted as. Life is a road with different paths. Taking one path over another forever changes the course of ones life for the good or bad. Though Frost's poem as he told was about him getting separated from his friend in the woods. It can't be denied that this poem clearly shows his beliefs, that it is the road that someone chooses that makes them who they are today or who they will become.
In the two poems “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost the poems draw the considering of making choices in life. In both poems the speaker is in a serious position where he has to choose between two paths. “The Road Not Taken” the speaker has two paths in front of him and he has to choose one. While in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” the speaker is looking for a life with no struggles wishing he can just stay isolated, but at the end he has to go back to his responsibilities. Our daily basis lives requires decision making and many of us may find themselves torn between two choices.
The consequences are not always what we expect. I will now explain how Frost used literal and figurative techniques to describe a man traveling through the woods and his thoughts on deciding which road to take. Literally, the man appeared to be content with his travels until he reached the fork in the road, and had to make a decision. Figuratively, he is a man who was living his life and became troubled when he was faced with a big decision. And be one traveler, long I stood Perhaps the undergrowth is a symbol of his blocked vision of where the road might lead him.