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"The road not taken" analysis. The first four lines for the first stanza tell us the poet is confronted by a fork in the road.

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN ANALYSIS In the first stanza the poet has been walking in the woods and has approached a fork in the road. The poet looks down one of the road, as far as he could see, to where the road 'bent in the undergrowth'. After looking down the first road "to where it bent in the undergrowth" the poet starts checking out the second road and decides to take it. The poet observes that the second road seemed to have less traffic than the first. The poet then reconsiders his decision because the two roads were "worn really about the same."The poet continues his description of the two roads in the third stanza. ...read more.

Middle

He can't travel both roads at the same time and he takes a long time trying to select the right road for him, "long I stood". Like the poet we should take our time and consider the choices before us. Hence these four lines are a metaphor. "and looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth." In this line, the poet wants to look down where the road leads to but cant because the road "bends in the undergrowth". These lines are a metaphor because like how the poet couldn't see where the path lead to we cannot see the outcomes of our choices in the future. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poet says how later own he would have said that he took the road less travelled by and how that made all the difference" Though these lines are a metaphor we do not know if the "difference" was a good or bad outcome. What we do know is that there is a future. Practically the poet is telling us that our future is determined by the choices we make. In conclusion, Robert frost is telling of us through the poem of how important choice is. We must take time to think about our choices. We cannot see where our decisions lead us to and if we do make a mistake we cannot undo it because time is short and decisions leads on to another, but the fact is that the choices we make influence and determine how our future turns out. Hoon Kim Yr 10 ...read more.

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