The Road Not Taken Essay

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Analyzing Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’
“Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.”
Lyman Abbott
In the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ Robert Frost toys with the ideas of innocence and experience that one can relate to in his or her own life by the choices they have to make in their day to day lives. Like his other works that explore fundamental questions of existence, depicting the loneliness of an individual in an indifferent universe, the poem ‘The road not taken’ explores a man’s uncertainty to choose from two paths that lay before him. In the following article I shall present a close analysis of Frost’s poem and how it can relate to one’s life.
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The poet then stands debating on which road to take as he looks closely at one of the roads that bent in the undergrowth. Metaphorically, just as the yellowwood forests are found rarely, the poet encounters a rare situation with only two possible paths that he can take. Like an inexperienced person making a choice between two career options that warrants a close examination of both options, Frost stands for long inspecting one of the roads or one of his choices.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

The poet then, inexperienced starts walking on the other road, that according to the poem looked the same but was grassy , meaning it wasn’t chosen by many and wanted wear and held better claim. However while travelling the road, he ponders that it was worn the same. The situation can be turned into a present day situation in the same way as the person after analyzing his career options starts working and realizes that the option that he chose for it wasn’t very sought after and held better claim was in reality just as lucrative as his other. The stanza carries various contradictions in view due to the gain of experience from innocence. The poet at first not knowing about the paths starts travelling on what appeared lucrative but then gains the understanding that it was just the same.
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