My comments on " the road not taken" poem by Robbert Frost
Robert Frost is a 20th poet .In this poem we see that he used simple and descriptive language. He used symbols and many metaphors. He also used a very interesting sentence structure; it’s divided into two distinct parts. The first part is a vague statement, the other is more specific.
About the title of this poem “the road not taken” I can Say, “road “is a symbol of life. In many literary works I have seen that life is considered as a road. Because a road is continuous also our life is like that. And “not taken” here gives the meaning of not passing, to us. Up to the time we are alive, Life is like a road which we haven’t passed this road completely.
In the first stanza, two roads refer to the choices in the life. I think “yellow wood” refers to one period of our long life. In my opinion ,”yellow wood” shows autumn which if we consider nature and seasons as the stages of human’s life , spring can refer to childhood , summer refers to youth , autumn refers to the middle-aged and winter refers to the old age. So, here yellow woods refer to the middle-aged man. A person in his middle-aged is sorry because he was eager to experience the both road, to have both choices in the life but he couldn’t, so he is sorry for that. He is like a passenger who goes on a trip in the road of life.
In the second stanza, he said that he made the decision to take one of the roads, although not saying exactly which one. He chose the one because he thought at the time that it was better looking, more pure and easier to look at and travel. But then he went on to look at the other path and noticed that they both were the same. After all he’s talking about a main theme of which choice in life he should make.
In the third stanza, he became confused for he’s guessing then choosing it himself. “Trodden black” here can refer to a road which is full of mistakes I got this point, because black connotates negative meaning, means wrong footsteps. He took the two roads and tried to find the one with the most faults, and then avoid that one. But the more he looked the more he saw that both the paths were almost similar .He began to think that maybe if he took one road today, he would end up back in the same place if it’s wrong and he could try the other path the next day. And again he guessed then chose his judgment by saying that once he left he didn’t know if he wanted to return to this place. There were footsteps only on one of the paths so he also had a choice of either taking the path less or most traveled by but still didn’t know the result. He’s doubted to do that.
In the fourth stanza, he decided to make decision and stated that he decided to choose the road which not many people have traveled before. But he started this stanza reflecting on all that he had thought about in the past stanzas, and in the end he made his decision. Also he’s unhappy about his choice. Somehow, however, he made the statement that taking this road had changed his entire life, and possibly even how he views things today.
We can refer this poem to our own life which we have many choices, from the differences between right and wrong. According, to this poem everything starts from the same place; it all depends on us how we choose your own road. As it shows the doubtfulness of choosing in the life, something accrued to my mind, I remembered Hamlet’s doubt “To be or not to be?” it’s again a kind of uncertainty in the life. And I remembered Prufrock in the “love song of J.Alfred Prufruck “by T.S Eliot, which the character was indecisive, he couldn’t make decision. Here in this poem by Frost it‘s generally about the life, but these examples which I mentioned here are a part of our life, maybe such a these things happen to us. I think Frost in this poem wanted to mention when we are choosing different decisions we are doubtful. We should be aware of making good decision because there’s no way to it. Every choice we make guides us to a different destiny and we may be doubtful about it.
by Nasibeh Heidari