SUMMARY OF THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
The poem “The Road Not Taken” has been written by a prolific writer “Robert Frost” in which the poet has used the symbolic logic to make the readers understand the importance of making right choices in life. The choices shape the future of the people by making them successful or unsuccessful. The choice which we make in life cannot be changed later. So, we must be careful while choosing things.
The poet says that during an autumn season he was going through a forest where the road was separated into two different paths. But the poet felt sorry as being one traveller he could not travel both the roads at the same time. The poet stood there for a long time pondering over that he had to choose only one road. He looked down on one up to the point where it bent under the bushes. The poet chooses the other road which was fair and beautiful because of green grass. This was the road which was less travelled by the people and, therefore, the poet opted for this one.
The poet thought that his choice was good. But later he finds out that both the roads had been worn out equally as that morning both the roads were covered with leaves which were not bruised as no traveller had stepped over them. The poet decides to keep the first road for another day though there was little chance of his returning back as every road leads to a new road. In the end, the poet says that after a long period of time in future he will be deeply in thoughts about the choice he had made in his life. He will be thinking with a sigh and will be recalling what choice he had made and how this choice had made all the difference in his life.
Robert Frost had once said that this poem is very tricky. Its tricky nature gets revealed when a reader gets confused about the actual state of the poet‘s mind: whether he was happy at the end or sad.
Questions Answers of The Road Not Taken
1. Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?
Answer: The traveller finds himself at a place where he sees a road diverging into two paths in front of him. He faces the problem of choosing the road which can lead him to his destiny. He is not sure which way he shall to proceed on.
2. What is the difference between the two roads described in stanzas? Two and three?
Answer: The difference between the two roads is that one road is less travelled and full of challenges while the other is beaten track without any difficulty.
3. Which road does the poet choose? Does he regret his decision?
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