Essay about The Road Not Taken, and Nothing Gold Can Stay

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Robert Frost was one of America's greatest poets. From 1874 - 1963 he has written many famous poems including "Nothing Gold can stay" and
"The Road not taken" which I will be writing about. He lived in San
Francisco and sadly died in Boston in 1963. He moved to Massachusetts when he was eleven and went to the local high school. He then continues to go to Dartmouth College.

The Road Not Taken is a poem about decisions in life and how each one leads onto another road, spreading into a vast complexity of situations and life. The roads symbolise decisions and how each decision effects the whole journey ahead of him.

The first verse is about his first decision in the network of roads that he could have taken. He ponders which
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He can only look so far though because you can not look into the far away future hence the line "To where it bent in the undergrowth". The bend means that you can not look further than that certain point.

The second verse compares the two roads without knowing what the other contains. He wanted to know what laid down the other road and compares the path he travelled to the one he could have travelled.

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.

The first line means that he has decided to take a journey on one of the roads he was pondering about. It also means that he could have just as easily taken the road he did not take. In the second line it means that he thought the road he took would be more interesting than the other, " and having perhaps the better claim" because it "was grassy and needed wear", which means that lesser people had been on that path than the other. When a path has not been trodden on, it leaves plants and grass to overgrow. So he took the road which was grassy because it was unusual compared to the other path. He also thought that the path needed people to take it! (needed wear) On the last two line of that verse,

(Though as for that
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