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The Road Not Taken Analysis

Author: Poetry of Robert Frost | |
Mountain Interval1916Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;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,And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a
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Third, it's almost as if a coin could be flipped to make the decision, because, as (3) shows, the choices are nearly identical. The person could have flipped a coin or do some other arbitrary technique, but he decides to personally make the choice.
Fourth, I get a sense of regret about not being able to take the other road and also not being able sometime in the future to go back and take the other road. This is logical I think because of the similarity between the roads. This may be what "with a sigh" is referring to, since it is just one line below the "doubted" line. I like this meaning because it kind of fits. In the future, he's still lamenting that he hadn't been able to take the other road, which would have led to much a different result.
Fifth, when does this contemplation take place? Ages and ages hence. That is, when one is much older and new choices are not available.
Putting this all together, there are many things a person could become: for example, go one way and you might become a teacher; go another way and you might become a writer. Both are good things to become and you can understandably wonder how things might have turned out, if you had made that other choice. When you make the choice, at that time, you may not see a major difference between the two options. But the choice that you made is decisive. It determines your future.

The Road Not Taken” Complete Text
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could
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