The Road Not Taken .... Robert Frost

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  1. Major

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    Anyone here ever take the "road not taken?"


    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 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
     
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    Oooh, reading this again just gave me a genius idea for a poetry platform for speech!!!

    Oh, wait, I'm not a coach anymore...darn.
     
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    I used to love this poem and then I read it closer. Now it just annoys me when people say he took the road less travelled. He clearly says they were both worn about the same and then basically says he's going to twist the truth in the future and say one was less travelled.

    It's a great close reading activity though.
     
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    I believe that later in life he is saying he had a choice to make. I'm not sure if he made the right or wrong choice ....... but the choice he made played heavily on his life ........

    (But what do I know ...... I'm much better at math and geophysics .. :p)
     
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    I think he wanted to take the first road, but for whatever reason - fear, intimidation, cowardness - he couldn't bring himself to do it. And I think he lived in regret because of that-it made all the difference. I know a lot of people find this poem positive, but I think it is full of sadness.

    But I'm like Major-I'm not great with poetry! Just what I get from it. It is beautiful though.
     
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    He actually wrote it about a friend apparently who got offended about it. It's considered one of the most misunderstood poems.
     
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    Where does he say he will twist the truth? What line suggests that? I always loved this poem too, so I guess it´s time to understand it better.
     
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    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,
     
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    These lines indicate they are truly worn about the same but at the end he says he'll tell everyone he took the one that wasn't worn as much, thus that's when he's twisting what really happened.
     
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    I like the poem....I like sad stuff, though. :) It's called The Road Not Taken, meaning to me that he regrets not having chosen that path. After all this time, he still thinks about what could have been...
     
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    Ok thanks. I do see where he says they both are the same, just not where he says he will twist the truth. Unless you mean to say he is twisting the truth, not that he said he will do so.
     
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    We had to memorize and recite this poem to the class in 7th grade....ugh.
     
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    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.

    He says here he took the one less traveled (after already having said they were both equally worn, so one couldn't be less traveled than the other). But it's the beginning of this stanza that indicates he knows one day, with a sigh (knowing it's not honest), he'll be telling others as maybe a way of giving advice to perhaps his children that he chose the less traveled path.
     
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    Ok, so when I read that line it sounds more like a sigh due to nostalgia, or regret.
     
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    Yeah the I shall part is where I see it as he's saying what he will do since I shall can be future tense.
     
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    One of my favorites. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    I totally see the regret piece. As in, he is looking to the future and knows that he will have lived his life with regret.
     
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    kcjo13, I've seen so many (jeep) roads (or hiking trails) diverge in my life when I had to choose one or the other......... I've often wondered about the one I didn't choose........ Would it have been better, worse, rockier, more exciting than the on I drove on ....... Makes you wonder about all the permutations in life.......... :)
     

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