Explication of "The Road Not Taken"

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An explication of “The Road Not Taken” The Road Not Taken could be interpreted in numerous ways. For someone who has never read this poem it sparked many thoughts just by seeing the title. It made me think of many crossroads I have come to throughout my life and what could have been if I had chosen a different path. Before I started reading it I wondered if Frost was writing about a specific path he had chosen or just life in general and the different paths one comes to in their life. Life is full of many decisions and the struggle to choose the correct path ,but a decision must always be made. I will now try to unfold the story and try to find out what Frost may have been trying to say. In the first line a traveler comes across “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” which tells the reader that he is at a crossroads in his life and he is now about to have to make a decision. He is unable to take both paths and must make a decision on which path to chose. He then states “And sorry I could not travel both” and seems to be somewhat unhappy that he could not take both. It is always difficult to make decisions because one always wonders what may be missed if one decision had been made rather than another. He realizes that he cannot travel both roads and now has to make a difficult choice. Attempting to make the best decision he “looked down one as far as I could,” trying to see the future of what each decision may bring. Both paths have unknown endings and although he attempts to see how both may go he cannot see where they lead. It is the way he will choose that will determine where his life will go. After choosing his path he “Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim.” He chooses one path because it seems to appeal to him more than the other and from what he could see has a more rewarding end. He did not choose it because it…...

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