The Road Never Taken


TheRoad Never Taken

TheRoad Not Taken

Thepoem “RoadNot Taken”has been comprehended by some as a symbol of personal choice andself-reliance, or rather a moral story where the traveler takesresponsibility for his own destiny and, therefore, effects it (Frost,1916). Aclose examination of the poem indicates that the walker isencountering two almost identical paths, in which case he looks downone at first then glances at the next “asjust as fair”.The walker stands in the woods and makes considerations regarding afork in the road. The two ways are equally overlaid with leaves thatare untrodden and word (Frost, 1916). He selects one and thinks thathe will follow the other one another day. However, he perfectly knowsthat there is little likelihood that he will have the chance to dothis. Further, he confesses that at one time in the future, he willrelive the scene and twist it a little by stating that he took theroad that is less travelled.

Thearchetypal dilemma is easily recognizable from the lives of allpeople as they come across it numerous times whether figuratively orliterary. Forks in roads and paths in woods are seen as deep-seatedancient metaphors pertaining to the lifeline, and its constituentdecisions and crises (Frost, 1916). The identical forks are a symbolof the nexus pertaining to free will and fate, where human beings arecapable of making choices between several conflicting alternativesbut never have perfect knowledge regarding what they may come acrossin the road ahead. In essence, the route is determined by both chanceand choice, with no capacity for the separation of the two. Inessence, it is written with anticipation for remorse for thedecisions that an individual makes.


Frost,R (1916). TheRoad Not Taken.New York: Routledge.