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Choices are never easy; men face multitudes of them in their lifetime. Some decisions to these choices are clear while others are sometimes more difficult to make.

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Choices are never easy; men face multitudes of them in their lifetime. Some decisions to these choices are clear while others are sometimes more difficult to make. The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a first person narrative tale of a monumental moment in the speaker's life. Frost is faced between the choice of a moment and a lifetime manifested in his poem. Walking down a rural road, Frost encounters a point on his travel that diverges into two separate similar paths. Frost presents the idea of a man facing the difficult unalterable dilemma of a moment and a lifetime. This idea in Frost's poem is embodied in the fork in the road, the decision between the two paths, and the speaker's decision to select the road not taken. The "Road Less Traveled" lyrics by George Strait, also in first person narrative, seem to entail the same problematic road that "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost has. ...read more.

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Frost symbolizes his choice between the two diverging paths. He must carefully weigh his options to make an optimal choice. Both roads are seemingly "rough" and "wanted wear" and typically would not be the choice of some men stranded on the lonely road of life. Strait describes that he does not fear his choice of taking the long and rough road. Even though the road is less traveled by, he believes in change and that his life lessons will be revealed to him along the way. After vacillating between the two "fair" roads, Frost finally decides to take the road "less traveled by"; knowing he cannot see where it will lead. Frost and Strait are both men who know the "less traveled" road represents the gamble of facing a more difficult path. They can go the common route, which is the more reliable, and have a common life. ...read more.

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He sings about change, probably realizing himself that those men really do not get anywhere in life. Frost, on the other hand, presents man's limitation in exploring life's different possibilities. The narrator "sighs" at the end of the poem gratified with his choice to take the uncommon road, yet also sighing that he may have missed something on the alternate road. Making "all the difference" by taking the road "less traveled", the speaker becomes a product of his decision. As successful as life's turnouts may be, there is always regret wondering how another path taken in life brings about other experiences. Frost and Strait both took a "less traveled" pathway but their reasoning behind their decision may not be so similar. Putting both into perspective now makes me realize a new point to the poem and lyrics. Those who choose the difficult ways of life all do it for various different reasons. It does not describe the type of man you are, but mostly the amount of spirit you have. 1 ...read more.

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