“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost


“Road at Chantilly” by Paul Cézanne
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
 

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Frost, R. (1916) The Road Not Taken. In http://poetrypages.lemon8.nl/life/roadnottaken/roadnottaken.htm

 

This poem entitled “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost seemed to be talking about the two paths leading to Heaven and Hell but the words that Robert Frost used to construct this poem was the thing that really stood out to me.

The line “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood” painted a clear image of the metaphor that Frost was using. I could clearly imagine a scene with two roads splitting in a yellow wood. More so, Robert Frost also described the scene as grassy. Try and combine these adjectives and you will see something sort of a deep forest with a road that splits into to, one having a smooth road while the other being covered by obstacles and hindrances.

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