March 13, 2011
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Robert Frost, who was born in 1874 and died in 1963, suffered many losses and illnesses throughout his life. The fact that he was still able to write such inspirational poems despite his depression and the deaths of all his children but two, and also the death of his wife is remarkable. Of the two children that outlived him, one was committed to a mental hospital in 1947. Even his sister suffered from a mental illness and after being submitted to a mental hospital passed away. In spite of all these tragedies Frost continued to find an escape in his writing. His poems and stories are continuously ...view middle of the document...
The poem is extremely obscure about all the details, and yet after reading it the audience usually feels that there can be no question about what happened or what it could mean. The fact that we are provided with so little and yet so much information at the same time demonstrates Frostâ€™s ability to give an exact feeling or impression with his words.
Frostâ€™s abilities as a writer are also evident in his usage of rhyme, alliteration, repetition and many other techniques. In this poem, his rhyming follows an uncommon pattern. In standard rhyming pattern can be identified as ABAB but in this poem the scheme follows an ABAAB pattern. Also according to the rhyme scheme, the poem can be divided into four stanzas of five lines each. These four stanzas can be taken both literally or metaphorically, since Frost never actually compares the framing of the poem to anything else, many people believe it is a portrayal of life. A fork in the road is often equated with making decisions or even times of crises in life. However, where many people think the meaning of the poem is to take the road less traveled, Frost clearly points out twice that neither road before him was more or less traveled than the other. The first time he speaks of the roads, he states that â€œthe passing there had worn them really about the same.â€ The second time he points out â€œand both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black.â€ This could be taken to mean both that neither path had been walked before and if neither had been trod upon similarly neither could have been more worn than the other. His meaning in the end by saying, â€œI took the path less traveled by- and that has made all the differenceâ€ could most closely mean that he is only telling those in the future that he took the path less traveled. The narrator will be lying about what his decision truly was...