property of the originating entities. Poem #3. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both. The Road Not Taken. 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. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost A Guided Reading, Analysis and Interpretation by Tammara Or Slilat – all rights reserved The Setting of the Poem: The.
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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. n/a. This Poem. 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. The Road Not Taken. Robert Frost (). Background information: Robert Frost was an American poet. When he was young, Frost lived on a farm in New.
Only in a few poems Frost referred to the personal tragedies of the family. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Frost taught later at Amherst College and Michigan universities. At the time of his death on January 29, , Frost was considered a kind of unofficial poet laureate of the US. At the age of eighty Frost went to Brazil, meeting there Faulkner, who was drunk. It speaks, and it is poetry. Need an account?
The Sigh: When the speaker thinks about his future-self thinking back to that moment in time he imagines himself saying that last sentence with a sigh. We cannot know which sigh it is: This is open for interpretation and it also affect the interpretation of "that has made all the difference. This poem is Robert Frost's most famous and most widely quoted poem, but it's also his most misunderstood poem. Many readers are so impressed with the last two lines: Readers who mistakenly think that this is what the poem is about see Robert Frost a great individualist who encourages the readers not to take the well-trodden path but to look for their own unique path in life.
B The Optimistic Interpretation. The proof that an over simplistic reading is impossible lies in the fact that the speaker emphasizes three times how similar the roads are: The poem starts with a description of an ordinary scene — a walk in the forest.
We know that the fall in New England is particularly beautiful, when all the leaves turn red and yellow.
But when the speaker describes his hesitation and doubts which way to choose we can see that this is the transition point from a simple description of a scene in nature to a metaphor about life. Had it been just a concrete description of a fork in the road, why wouldn't the speaker be able to go back to that road on the next day?
If he lives close by, he can simply go back and choose the other road. But the fact that he emphasizes the improbability of him ever being able to come back indicates that this is the symbolical level and that the roads symbolize the ways we choose in life.
Every life changing decision takes us further away from other options, other ways that we could have taken, but once we have made our choice, we know we'll never be able to go back in time and choose again.
This is why people find it so hard to reach a life changing decision, because they're afraid of two things: What makes him choose one road over the other? However, he acts on a gut feeling that the road that he chooses is perhaps better because it looks grassy, like it wants people to walk on it.
To emphasize that it's only a feeling that he has about the road the poet immediately contradicts this claim by saying that the passing there had worn them the roads about the same. So he doesn't have any real reason to favor one road over the other, it's based on a feeling! The speaker imagines that years later, when he'll remember this moment of decision, he'll try to justify his choice by saying that it's the road "less travelled by" and that's why he chose it.
This can be interpreted as self-awareness. The speaker is aware that he's an individualist, a non-conformist, he doesn't like to go where most of the people go. We can assume that this is something that is important to him and to his identity. He usually prefers to take the road less travelled and that's why he chose, on that morning, the road that gave him a feeling of maybe being less travelled. C The Pessimistic Interpretation. If you choose to interpret the sigh at the end as a sigh of regret then the inevitable conclusion is that the speaker has spent all his life wondering what he had missed in the road he hadn't taken and what could have happened to him had he taken it in the first place.
It's very human to wonder about the options that were open to you once but since you hadn't taken advantage of them they are lost to you forever.
D The Philosophical interpretation: The speaker is aware of the way our memories are twisted and conveniently changed by the stories we tell ourselves about them.
He says that right now, there is no real reason for preferring one road over the other and there's no way of telling whether one is really less travelled, on the contrary — they look exactly the same.
In other words, he'll conveniently twist the memory so it fits his point of view of the world and the choices he makes in life. The speaker probably IS and individualist. This interpretation reveals a profound truth of the way we remember things. We never remember events as they truly happened. Instead we remember the story we tell ourselves of the way they happened and we believe this story — it becomes our truth.
This truth shapes our life — it makes all the difference! One of them is 'Home Burial,' which he considered too sad to be read aloud. Two of Frost's daughters suffered mental breakdowns. Jeanie died in an asylum in Frost's son Carol, a frustrated poet and farmer, committed suicide in with a deer hunter rifle.
Also Frost himself suffered from depression and the continual self-doubt led him to cling to the desire to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
He had been told in , that he was among candidates nominated by the Swedish committee. Frost employed her from as his secretary and adviser, but she probably became also his lover. Frost also composed for her one of his finest love poems, 'A Witness Tree.
However, he did not like being abroad, saying that the "only country I can have any interest in is the one I have lived in.
When the sun and the wind prevented him from reading his new poem, 'The Preface', Frost recited his old poem, 'The Gift Outright,' from memory. In Frost travelled in the Soviet Union as a member of a goodwill group. He had a long talk with Premier Nikita Khrushchev, whom he described admiringly as "no fathead"; as smart, big and "not a coward.
At the age of eighty Frost went to Brazil, meeting there Faulkner, who was drunk. Among the honors and rewards Frost received were tributes from the U. In he was elected to the American Academy Created by: At the time of his death on January 29, , Frost was considered a kind of unofficial poet laureate of the US. I had a lover's quarrel with the world," Frost once said. Frost depicted the fields and farms of his surroundings, observing the details of rural life, which hide universal meaning.
However, Frost developed a suspicion for religious mysticism. His half humorous view of the world produced such remarks as "I never take my side in a quarrel", or "I'm never serious except when I'm fooling. I bestow it right and left," Frost stated in 'The Figure a Poem Makes,' first published in as the preface to an edition of his Collected Poems. Later biographers have created a complex and contradictory portrait of the poet. In Lawrance Thompson's three-volume official biography Frost was presented as a misanthrope, anti-intellectual, cruel, and angry man, but in Jeffrey Meyers's and Jay Parini's work he was again portrayed in a more sympathetic light: Although a family man to the core, he frequently felt alienated from his wife and children and withdrew into reveries.
While preferring to stay at home, he traveled more than any poet of his generation to give lectures and readings, even though he remained terrified of public speaking to the were published in Created by: 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. Robert Frost Created by: He reports that.. Give the explanation in your own words.
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