The Road Not Taken

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“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is arguably one of the most well-known and celebrated pieces of poetry. Many people attribute the “the fork in the road” as a choice between two decisions. Since one can only take one road, there is always a road that is not taken. Over time, you may look back and think about “The road not taken”. The first stanza of the poem states: Two roads diverged 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 | To where it bent in the undergrowth. (Lines 1-5) If taken literally the first stanza is about a speaker who cannot seem to choose between two paths. The poem states he is “sorry” that he cannot choose both, which means he is indecisive about which to choose. The speaker “takes the other, as just as fair” which means he choose to take the other path. That line can be considered word play because it means he views the paths as equal. The poem then goes on to say, “and perhaps having the better claim | because it was grassy and wanted wear.” This line in the poem shows that the speaker is not confident with his choice and thinks the other path would have been a better choice. The speaker still has not made his mind in the line “though as for that passing there | had worn them about the same”. The speaker sees that both paths have leaves on them, which indicates neither of the paths have been traveled on recently. The speaker then indicates that he already regrets not taking the other path because he wants to take it another day. The speaker then realizes that he cannot take the other path on another day because, “way leads onto way”. This line strongly indicates that the poem is about life decisions, in which one can... ... middle of paper ... ...are wood, stood and could. In the second stanza lines two and five rhyme, the words are claim and same, and in line three and four the words wear and there rhyme. In the third stanza, lines one, three and four rhyme, the words are lay, day and way, Lines two and five also rhyme, black and back. In the fourth stanza lines one and five rhyme, the words are I and by. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABAAB. For example the first stanza: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood (A) | And sorry I could not travel both (B) | And be one traveler, long I stood (A) | And looked down one as far as I could (A) | To where it bent in the undergrowth (B) Works Cited Frost, Robert. "The Road Not Taken." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2014. SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Frost’s Early Poems.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2002. Web. 5 Mar. 2014.

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