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In “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” characters are faced with an inner conflict metaphorically described by nature....

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SparkNotes: Frost’s Early Poems: “The Road Not Taken”

“The Road Not Taken,” is a double perspective when it comes to making choices.
From the beginning, when it appeared as the first poem in (1916), many readers have overstated the importance of "TheRoad Not Taken" to Frost's work. Alexander Meiklejohn, president of AmherstCollege, did so when, announcing the appointment of the poet to the school'sfaculty he recited it to a college assembly.

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Consider from Frost’s perspective, however, “The Road Not Taken” is humorous.
The poems, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken” by the American poet, Robert Frost illustrate the importance of decision making....

 

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The poem leaves one wondering how much "difference" is implied by giventhat the "roads" already exist, that possibilities are limited. Exhaustedpossibilities of human experience diminish great regret over "the road nottaken" or bravado for "the road not taken" by everyone else. The poem doesraise questions about whether there is any justice in the outcome of one's choices oranything other than aesthetics, being "fair," in our moral decisions. Thespeaker's impulse to individuation is mitigated by a moral dilemma of being unfair orcruel, in not stepping on leaves, "treading" enough to make them "black." It might also imply the speaker's recognition that individuation will mean treadingon others.


Both roads had been worn "about the same," though his "taking" thesecond is based on its being less worn. The basis of selection is individuation,variation, and "difference": taking the one "less traveled by." Thathe "could not travel both / And be one traveler" means not only that he willnever be able to return but also that experience alters the traveler; he would not be thesame by the time he came back. Frost is presenting an antimyth in which origin,destination, and return are undermined by a nonprogressive development. And the hero hasonly illusory choice. This psychological representation of the developmental principle ofdivergence strikes to the core of Darwinian theory. Species are made and survive whenindividuals diverge from others in a branching scheme, as the roads diverge for thespeaker. The process of selection implies an unretracing process of change through whichindividual kinds are permanently altered by experience. Though the problem of making achoice at a crossroads is almost a commonplace, the drama of the poem conveys a largermythology by including evolutionary metaphors and suggesting the passage of eons.


Thoughts on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

"The Road Not Taken" is an ironic commentary on the autonomy of choice in aworld governed by instincts, unpredictable contingencies, and limited possibilities. Itparodies and demurs from the biblical idea that God is the "way" that can andshould be followed and the American idea that nature provides the path to spiritualenlightenment. The title refers doubly to bravado for choosing a road less traveled butalso to regret for a road of lost possibility and the eliminations and changes produced bychoice. "The Road Not Taken " reminds us of the consequences of the principle ofselection in al1 aspects of life, namely that al1 choices in knowledge or in actionexclude many others and lead to an ironic recognitions of our achievements. At the heartof the poem is the romantic mythology of flight from a fixed world of limited possibilityinto a wilderness of many possibilities combined with trials and choices through which thepilgrim progresses to divine perfection. I agree with Frank Lentricchia's view that thepoem draws on "the culturally ancient and pervasive idea of nature as allegoricalbook, out of which to draw explicit lessons for the conduct of life (nature as self-helptext)." I would argue that what it is subverting is something more profound than thesentimental expectations of genteel readers of fireside poetry. . . .

Frost's 'Road Not Taken' Poem Interpretation - BI

Frost's is an Emersonian philosophy in which indecisiveness and decision feel very muchalike—a philosophy in which and formindistinguishable aspects of a single experience. There is obviously a contradiction in"The Road Not Taken" between the speaker's assertion of difference in the laststanza and his indifferent account of the roads in the first three stanzas. But it is acontradiction more

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Comical as "The Road Not Taken" may be, there is serious matter in it, as myreading of "The Constant Symbol" is meant to suggest. "Step-careness"has its consequences; choices—even when they are undertaken so lightly as to seemunworthy of the name "choice"—are always more momentous, and very oftenmore providential, than we suppose. There may be, one morning in a yellow wood, nodifference between two roads—say, the Democratic and the Republican parties. But"way leads on to way," as Frost's speaker says, and pretty soon you findyourself in the White House. As I argue throughout this chapter, this is the that Frost wants us to see: "youthful step-carelessness" really aform of "step-careness." But it is only by setting out, by working ourway well into the wood, that we begin to understand the meaning of the choices we make andthe of the self that is making them; in fact, only then can we properlyunderstand our actions The speaker vacillates in the first threestanzas of "The Road Not Taken," but his vacillations, viewed in deeperperspective, seem, and in fact really are, "decisive." We are too much in themiddle of things, Frost seems to be saying, ever to understand when we truly"acting" and "deciding" and when we are merely reacting andtemporizing. Our paths unfold themselves to us as we go. We realize our destination onlywhen we arrive at it, though all along we were driven toward it by purposes we may rightlyclaim, in retrospect, as our own. Frost works from Emerson's recognition in"Experience":