Analysis of Frost's 'The Road Not Taken'

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Frost's "The Road Not Taken" "The Road Not Taken" (1916) is one of Robert Frost's most famous poems in which he presents the personal conflicts that he may have had to overcome throughout his lifetime to get to where he is. Frost is able to gain insight and inspiration from the natural surroundings that have helped to guide him and shape who he is. In the poem, the narrator is traveling down a road when he comes upon "two roads diverged in a yellow wood" (Frost, 1916, 1). It can be argued the road he is travelling upon is a symbolic representation of his life and the fork in the road he encounters is a decision he must make before he can continue that will have a significant impact on his life and any decisions he makes thereafter. If one assumes that the destination of both roads is the same place, the narrator can choose either route and still get to where he is going, however, he is concerned with what will happen depending on the road he chooses since they clearly will provide him with a different adventure. It is difficult for the narrator to decide which road to take due to his inquisitive nature and his desire to explore and experience as much as he can in life. The narrator laments he was "sorry I could not travel both" (Frost, 1916, 2). However, the narrator makes a calculated decision when he chooses his road, taking into careful consideration what each road represents and the opportunities that will arise if he takes one road or another. The narrator
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