Choosing the right path to take can be extremely crucial and difficult. Especially when each choice looks equally appealing. Sometimes it is hard to make a choice when the outcome is unknown, but at some point, a choice must be made. In the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, there is an idea of the path that was taken and the path that was not taken, this can be interpreted in a metaphorical sense or a literal sense. This poem offers a significant life lesson by using metaphors, imagery, and setting.
The poem ¨The Road Not Taken¨ is an extended metaphor written by Robert Frost. The Speaker described himself as walking in the woods and coming to a point where the path splits apart where he must choose which one to take. He wants to take the road less traveled but as he walks down the path he notices they are no different from each other. The speaker then regrets his decision knowing he will never be able to go back and take the other path. The narrative story Frost has written is an extended metaphor of how in life we come to points where we need to make decisions and once we make them there is no going back or changing them. He uses repetition, similes, imagery and of course a metaphor which builds upon the poem's theme and message.
Difficult choices made in life may conflict with the future if we think, or make the wrong choice. In the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost the traveler is faced with a decision about which road to take. In the literal sense the poem is about a person taking a walk through the woods; however, metaphorically it explores a person’s journey in life. Our decisions, especially important ones, have a great effect on our future. Making difficult choices can take you down a different pathway to success. Frost uses literary elements: imagery, point of view, and setting to create meaning.
Robert Frost's poem “The Road Not Taken” describes a traveler faced with a choice of which one of two roads to travel. He knows not where either road might lead. In order to continue on his journey, he can pick only one road. He scrutinizes both roads for the possibilities of where they may take him in his travels. Frost's traveler realizes that regret is inevitable. Regardless of his choice, he knows that he will miss the experiences he might have encountered on the road not taken.
“The Road Not Taken” is a poem about how it is important to make a choice in life. In the beginning of the poem, the man is hating that he had to be stuck with the road he chose instead of being able to take both paths. The man tried to look farther down the paths that he could’ve chosen to go down, but the man was only able to see to the point that the road curved and was no longer visible. Stanza # 2, the man indicated that he took the road he felt looked better and could’ve been better because
The poem could also have a deeper meaning as well. This path could be considered deciding to make a choice in real life. For instance, someone thinking about making a major decision in life when met with difference obstacle. Another idea is that the roads could
In Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”, Frost shows the everyday human struggle to make a choice that could change the course of one’s life. In his poem, a person has the choice to take one road or the other. One road is worn out from many people taking it, and the other is barely touched, for fewer have taken that road. Throughout the poem, the speaker learns that just because so many other people have done one thing, or walked one way, does not mean everyone has to. Sometimes you just have to go your own way.
Just as Conrad conveys the creation of one’s own path subconsciously in Marlow, the poem “Road not taken” by Robert Frost explores this idea, represented my literal paths and an alternate, unspoken third path. The metaphor of the physical journey shows the moral growth in the protagonist. The poem is written in first person, giving it a very personal and reflective tone, expressing a pivotal moment in the persona’s life. The use of andante, the flowing rhythm establishes a conversational tone. The rhyme scheme is simple and effective throughout the poem, however, it changes in the final stanza. By implementing a new scheme here, the final thought of reflection is emphasized. The "less traveled" road is symbolic of the gamble of choosing a more individual path in life, the protagonist’s own road. This can be compared to the quote by Antonio Machado, “Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.” This quote exemplifies the fact that walking the path is more important than
By choosing the harder path, the speaker declares his rebellion against the popular opinion as represented by the other road. He decides not to conform to society and takes up a less popular choice. When considering his choices the speaker shows the typical human reaction. He considers taking both paths at first. He says, “Oh I kept the first for another day”, but later confesses he “doubted if [he] should ever come back” (13-15). Thus the poem’s significance lies in the speakers making a decision by choosing a road and moving on with his life. The act of choosing the road represents his uniqueness and the fact that he is always moving forward, even without stopping.
Life is difficult because no one can be sure if the choice they make will actually lead the outcome they wished for. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, one of the most recognizable poems in American literature, speaks to choices people face in their life. The speaker has to make a right choice for him, that will lead to the outcome of being what he really wants to be. "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost uses symbolism, imagery, personification, and metaphor, to explain its theme that choices made by the one's strong wish of what one really wants to be, will ultimately lead to the desired outcome.
‘The Road Not Taken’, the title of the poem can be interpreted in different ways. For instance, the title can be referred to the first or the second road in the poem. To be specific, the road in the poem can be the road which is used by the other travelers. On the other side, the road in the poem can be the road which the speaker chooses. In the poem, the speaker’s decision is to choose the road that was not taken (chosen) by the other travelers. At the same time, when the speaker chooses the second road, the first road can be termed as the road not taken. Besides, both the roads are similar and the speaker chose the
In “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost leaves a major theme of making choices. The poem is about a man traveling and he comes across a fork-in-the-road. He must make a decision on which way he will keep traveling. One way seems familiar to him. It is by far the safer and easier route to go down. But that does come with a price. The road has been used a lot and may be more difficult to travel down even though it seems easier. He ends up choosing the road less traveled. It did not seem as convenient at the time but he states that it helped him in the long run. Not only does “The Road Not Taken,” have a theme about choices, but it also holds a theme about choosing the road less taken. Taking chances and choosing the road less traveled can have many benefits in the long run.
The poem “The Road Not Taken” talks about choices that can be good or bad, it also talks about how those choices can affect your life. My parents got a divorce when i was thirteen. I had to choose to live with my mom or dad. I chose to live with my dad because that’s where I grew up and where all my friends were. That choice has had a positive and negative effect on my life.
It is in the first stanza, the narrator declares “…And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could…”. With the use of the personal pronouns, it allows the responders to be put forth and be apart of the scenario and to presented the choice due to the text inviting the reader to primarily be the narrator. This conveys to the responders to find a connection themselves, and to ultimately be asked about their own journey of discovery and to be questioned what it means to exist. This is also explore within the title ‘The road not taken’, as the poem also encompasses the anticipation of remorse. As ironic as it is, with such title, it indicates that the speaker knows that in the near future he will think twice and at the very least, will reflect on the other unknown path and what is irreversibly lost. The responders are able to connect with the narrator and his position as we also experience frustration of the unpredictability of life along with fate. Additionally, the poem is one extended metaphor, a relatable metaphoric scenario, and with decision, life will be changed as each journey becomes a result of choice. Through ‘The road not taken’, the narrator compares the allurement of decision-making to humanity, providing insight to the emotional discovery in gaining appreciation for life’s small
Sometimes in our lives we are faced to make momentous decisions. We either made a propitious selection or repent about our decisions and how our lives could have ended up if we had chosen a different path. "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a poem about how one traveler will choose a road that will change his whole life. The decisions we make in life should be chosen carefully because there is no going back. In his poem, he makes you think about how choices can define your life for the better or the worst, it’s all about how you look on life. He uses a lot of imagery as well as tone.