The Road Not Taken Essay

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My personal personification on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. the road not taken to me is an analysis of thoughts on regret and rationalization of making decisions for life. Frost was inspired when coming to a fork in the road. Frost made a big deal about what road to take, even though they looked the same. Once choosing a path, he could not stop contemplating what the outcomes would’ve been if he did infact decide to take the other road. The content of this poem to me seems as if he is standing in the woods at a fork in the road. Both paths are equally walked on and both are covered with fallen leaves and he is forced to make a decision on what path to take. The path he took was less trodden upon and that made all the difference. The fact that he makes up a story about the paths being different reveals his desire for choices and to be meaningful and to also show his personal persepective on life and it's choices. Frost examines whether one can ever be considered superior to another. He has no predictions about the possible outcomes that each path may have or will lead him “…long I stood/And looked down one as far as I could/To where it bent in the undergrowth.” Here it's almost as if he mimics the way us as humans can never know all of the possibilities of making any decisions. Robert Frosts also talks about the daily choices that are made while traveling down the road of life. In the first stanza he introduces this poem by saying " two roads diverged in a yellow wood" This is interesting because it suggests that there are two actual roads, as two unconnected roads. Then he goes on to say " And I could not travel both" This is one of the powerful lines in the poem; because no matter who the contributor is, they work over the feeling of regret, and grief over a missed out opportunity. This makes me think whether decisions in life are really what control a person’s life or if it's just fate, or what is already going to happen whether we see them coming or not. I am able to connect with his idea on making choices and it just became that much more meaningful. “The Road Not Taken” compares the meaningless decision frost must make and the understanding if they are "right" or "wrong" on life decisions an person can makes. "And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as furthest as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth" These three lines in the first stanza I find to be amusing, because he summarized this clear