An Appreciation Of ‘The Road Not Taken’

By RADHIKA GARG

The poem ‘Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost:

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.

Each one of us, during our life span or say every day, come to a point in life where we need to make choices. We are often confused, as to which choice to make.We, as an individual, cannot take up all the choices. At every step we need to make a single choice and thats what makes a difference in life.

Whatever our decision or choice is, its important to keep moving on without looking back because in many conditions its very difficult to come back and choose again.On the journey of life, one road often leads to another and one can seldom relive the moments and undo the circumstances gone by. It’s better that we think deeply and have a far sight of the pros and cons, before taking a decision.The choices we make today, alters the course of our life.

The Road Not Taken’, A wonderful poem by Robert Frost, combines rustic simplicity with hidden, indirect and implied meanings. It holds out a moral that life is a continous journey full of divergence every now n then. According to him the two roads are symbols of challenges and choices that life has to offer.The course of life depends on which road we choose. He chose the road less travelled by and left the other, willing to travel sometime later in life. But he has gone too far and cannot return back as one road leads to another. He repents for not chosing the other one, and belives that it could have changed his life.


About the author:

RADHIKA GARG


I am Radhika Garg, a homemaker.I have done my graduation with degree in Mass Com. along with English Honours and MA English. Since childhood I loved writing, but got busy in my married life and with my kids. Recently an old friend of mine urged me to write again and I’m trying my best. My kids have grown up and I thought of giving it a try outside my vicinity. Hope people like my work.


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4 thoughts on “An Appreciation Of ‘The Road Not Taken’

  1. rothpoetry says:

    Very good post! The choices we make determine our future whichever road we take!
    By the way, my brother and his wife live about fifteen miles from where you are going to college, in Belleville, PA!

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  2. Anmol Gupta says:

    It was really very immense poem. As you have done mass communication , mam I want to know that why didn’t you gone ahead with it.

    Like

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