Essay about Critical Analysis of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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Critical Analysis of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken The speaker in Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' gives the reader insight into human nature with each line of poetry. While, Frost had not originally intended for this to be an inspirational poem, line by line, the speaker is encouraging each reader to seek out his or her own personal path in the journey of life. Romanticizing the rural woods of New England creates the perfect setting for the theme of self-discovery laid out and described by the speaker. Robert Frost's original intent in writing the poem was not to convey the inspiration that it has for almost a hundred years. He had written the poem to poke fun at his friend, Edward Thomas, with whom he had taken many…show more content…
?And having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear,? shows that the speaker recognizes that this second path is not for everyone, nor is it popular. It will take him somewhere new and different. Also, the fact that this second road appears different is more cause for wondering what will become of him if he takes a chance on choosing this one. The final part of this second stanza, ?Though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same,? tells the reader that many people had stood in that very place, with the very same choice to make. The reader is allowed to feel a kinship with the speaker, knowing that at some point, we all find ourselves wavering between two choices and wondering if we should follow the majority or if the others had known something special when they chose to be different. The speaker in the poem continues to wrestle with his decision in the third stanza. Even though many people had faced the same decision, the speaker is forced to make the decision for himself. The line ?And both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden back,? illustrates that both roads had not been traveled on for a while since the leaves had covered the ground since they had fallen. The speaker cannot simply choose to follow the person who had gone before him because the choice will primarily affect him. Also, the line connects with the reader
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