Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey through life. Regardless of the original message that Robert Frost had intended to convey, his poem, "The Road Not Taken", has left its readers with many different interpretations. Frost believes that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he is. The choice of which road to take is going to change everything that happens after that path has been traveled, the decision is quite life altering. The structure of the poem breaks its twenty lines into four stanzas. Each stanza contains five lines and the rhyme scheme is abaab throughout all four stanzas. .
In the first stanza it seems the traveler has difficulty making a decision because he seems to be worries about the opportunity cost, what will be missed out on. There is a strong sense of regret before the choice is even made and it lies in the knowledge that in one lifetime, it is impossible to travel down every path. As much he may strain his eyes to see as far the road stretches, eventually it surpasses his vision and he can never see where it is going to lead. The road that will be chosen leads to the unknown, as does any choice in life. He has to make this drastic decision with only the little amount he can see and the instinct in his heart. .
"And having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear." What made the path have the better claim is that it was not as traveled. It was something that was obviously not for everyone because it seemed that the majority of people took the other path, therefore Frost calls it "the one less traveled by". The fact that the traveler took this path over the worn and traveled path indicates the type of personality he has. The traveler is one that does not necessarily want to follow the crowd. He would rather travel that new path and maybe find strange and beautiful things around the bend, or not, there is always risk, but that's the fun part.