The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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Have you ever stopped and asked yourself “Did I make the right decision in my life?”? Most would answer yes to this question. Although some, would hide behind pride and rant on about their triumphs, or how they made just enough right choices to justify all the wrong. However, those same people lay awake when the morning dew is fresh, still counting the ways they may have been able to do better in the choices they made many years ago. Either way, if you admit it now or in the wee hours of the night, like most people, you will come across this question at least once in your life. Robert Frost was able to grasp this raw, vulnerable life changing moment in the palm of his hand. Then he beautifully laid it out in the form of words in the narrative poem “The Road Not Taken”. Frost is able to take you back to a time when you have been faced with a life-changing decision. Then, causing you to ask yourself “Did I make the right choice?”, “What caused me to choose the way I did?”, and “How did my choices long ago affect my life today?”. This is more than a poem, but rather a meaningful life lesson.

By using metaphors Frost is able to show his readers a time of having to decide between two major life events. Thus, relating to his readers on a more personal level. He does this by speaking of a traveler coming to a fork in the road of a wooded area. Right from the beginning you can tell how the traveler is curious of both roads set out before him. He looks at one long and hard as far as

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