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…