This poem does not advise.
If life is a journey, this poem highlights those times in life when a decision has to be made. Which way will you go? External factors therefore make up his mind for him.
Robert Frost wrote this poem to highlight a trait of, and poke fun at, his friend Edward Thomas, an English-Welsh poet, who, when out walking with Frost in England would often regret not having taken a different path.
Thomas would sigh over what they might have seen and done, and Frost thought this quaintly romantic. Frost liked to tease and goad.
People take it very seriously. It is the hallmark of the true poet to take such everyday realities, in this case, the sighs of a friend on a country walk, and transform them into something so much more.
It contains all of his classics and more. This person, faced with an important conscious decision, chose the least popular, the path of most resistance. He was destined to go down one, regretted not being able to take both, so he sacrificed one for the other.
Ultimately, the reader is left to make up their own mind about the emotional state of the speaker at the end.
Was the choice of the road less travelled a positive one?
It certainly made "all the difference," but Frost does not make it clear just what this difference is. 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 wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Thus, one should make their decision swiftly and with confidence.
It is normal to wonder what the outcome would have been if the other road, the road not taken, was the road chosen. But to contemplate this hypothetical deeply is folly, for it is impossible to say whether taking the other road would have been better or worse: The central message is that, in life, we are often presented with choices.
When making a choice, one is required to make a decision. Viewing a choice as a fork in a path, it becomes clear that we must choose one direction or another, but not both. Nonetheless, that is the way he is going now, and the place he ends up, for better or worse, was the result of his decision.
This poem is not about taking the road less travelled, about individuality or uniqueness.
This poem is about the road taken, to be sure, as well the road not taken, not necessarily the road less traveled. Any person who has made a decisive choice will agree that it is human nature to contemplate the "What if This pondering about the different life one may have lived had they done something differently is central to "The Road Not Taken.
Would that be possible?
Perhaps not, life has a way of letting one thing leading to another until going backwards is just no longer an option.“The Road Not Taken” was originally published in The Atlantic in along with two other poems from Frost. It is now widely considered to be one of the most popular works of American literature.
Over at The Guardian, Matthew Hollis wrote a detailed, fascinating feature on the friendship of Robert Frost and Edward Thomas that sheds light on the genesis and influence of Frost's "The Road Not Taken," a poem that helped seal Frost's legacy and that, oddly, adorns dorm walls to this day.
Most likely, it was a short piece called The Road Not Taken-a poem famous for being one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted poems ever written, and a testament to how twisted the meaning of something can be by taking a quote out of context.
Oh, and it also played a small role in the death of the guy it was written about. Robert Frost One of the most celebrated poets in America, Robert Frost was an author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes and a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity .
One of the most celebrated poets in America, Robert Frost was an author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes and a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.
Apr 17, · Robert Frost is one of the most critically acclaimed American poets of the 20th century, which is a roundabout way of saying you almost certainly studied one of his poems in school.