Analysis Of The Poem ' The Road Not Taken '

808 Words May 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Justice Craig

April 25, 2016

Poetry Analysis

“I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence:/Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--/I took the one less traveled by…” these are famous lines from a classic poem written by Robert Frost. The poem, “The Road Not Taken” was one of many poems written by Frost. This well-known poem is about the struggle of a traveler decision between two routes he could take. It has both literal and metaphorical meaning; the roads can also symbolize two paths of life to follow. The Road Not Taken is told from a first-person point of view. The narrator describes the events that happened to him, using "I" to describe himself. This point of view allows the reader to understand the character 's thoughts and actions to the full extent. The poet adheres to a traditional style.

One of the major themes in this poem is indecision. This is based on the reality that the person in the poem has to choose between two paths in the woods. Both paths have equally been worn but he must only walk one road. Metaphorically, the speaker has to decide between “staying on the straight and narrow” easier path and the other which, perhaps, may be the better moral choice. While sometimes it may be easier to take a path in life that is smoother, the narrator states that the path that is less traveled is the better one. Taking that path made a difference in his life. In this poem, the word "road" means a path that someone can travel…
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