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Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken

            Everyone is a traveler, choosing the roads to follow on the map of their continuous journey, life. There is never a straight path that leaves one with but a sole direction in which to head. 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. It is one's past, present and the attitude with which he looks upon his future that determines the shade of the light that he will see the poem in. In any case however, this poem clearly demonstrates Frost's belief that it is the road that one chooses that makes him the man who he is.
             Frost uses a continuous symbol of the two roads throughout the entirety of this poem. These two roads symbolize life, and the choices which we must decide on every day. The way in which life is portrayed in this particular piece is by it containing many choices which we must choose from. Once you decide on a choice, there is no going back to choose the "other path." The rhyme scheme helps to give this certain poem a kind of sense that the path he chose, gave him the outcome he was looking for. This poem gives you a really good image of a forest. You can just picture the road forking, and looking down each path, contemplating the one to choose.
             If you just take this poem for what it says, and not look into it. It just seems like a man walking through the woods and coming upon a fork in the road and choosing one of the roads and going on his way wondering what the other one would have brought him. However, if you actually read into the poem and figure out the meaning behind it all, you will see that there is much more behind this poem then what it's actually saying. This poem is not about a journey through the woods, but yet the journey of life and all the decisions one must face. In the first stanza, Frost is talking about how he comes across two roads, he did not want to split himself to be able to take both, but wanted to remain himself, and choose one.

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