Have always loved Robert Frost poems.

This portentous account of meeting "another" self (but notencountering that self directly and therefore not coming to terms with it) wouldeventually result in a poem quite different from "The Road Not Taken"and one that Frost would not publish for decades. Elizabeth Sergeant ties themoment with Frost's decision to go off at this time to some place where he coulddevote more time to poetry. He had also, she implies, filed away his dream forfuture poetic use.

The Road Not Taken - Poem by Robert Frost

This is where his evocation of “the road not taken” paradigm in the title comes in.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

For the large moral meaning which "The Road Not Taken" seems to endorse - go,as I did, your own way, take the road less traveled by, andit will make "allthe difference"-does not maintainitself when the poem is looked at morecarefully. Then one notices how insistent is the speaker on admitting, at the time of hischoice, that the two roads were in appearance "really about the same," that they"equally lay / In leaves no step had trodden black," and that choosing onerather than the other was a matter of impulse, impossible to speak about any more clearlythan to say that the road taken had "perhaps the better claim." But in the finalstanza, as the tense changes to future, we hear a different story, one that will be told"with a sigh" and "ages and ages hence." At that imagined time andunspecified place, the voice will have nobly simplified and exalted the whole impulsivematter into a deliberate one of taking the "less traveled" road:

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --  I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
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Dickinson's poem is straightforwardly and orthodoxically religious. But itcan be seen that beyond the "journey" metaphor Dickinson's poememploys diction—"road" and "forest"—that recalls"The Choice of the Two Paths" trope, the opening lines of the and Frost's secular poem "The Road Not Taken."

The  section for Robert Frost: Poems is a greatresource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.

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The "fun" is "outside," and lies in doing something like teasing,suggesting formulae that don't formulate, or not quite. The fun is not in being"essentially intellectual" or in manifesting "intellectual enthusiasm"in Meiklejohn's sense of the phrase, but in being "subtle," and not just subtlebut so much so as to fool "the casual person" into thinking that what you saidwas obvious. If we juxtapose these remarks with his earlier determination to reach out asa poet to all sorts and kinds of people, and if we think of "The Road Not Taken"as a prime example of a poem which succeeded in reaching out and taking hold, thensomething interesting emerges about the kind of relation to other people, to readers - orto students and college presidents - Frost was willing to live with, indeed to cultivate.

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Comical as "The Road Not Taken" may be, there is serious matter in it, as myreading of "The Constant Symbol" is meant to suggest. "Step-careness"has its consequences; choices—even when they are undertaken so lightly as to seemunworthy of the name "choice"—are always more momentous, and very oftenmore providential, than we suppose. There may be, one morning in a yellow wood, nodifference between two roads—say, the Democratic and the Republican parties. But"way leads on to way," as Frost's speaker says, and pretty soon you findyourself in the White House. As I argue throughout this chapter, this is the that Frost wants us to see: "youthful step-carelessness" really aform of "step-careness." But it is only by setting out, by working ourway well into the wood, that we begin to understand the meaning of the choices we make andthe of the self that is making them; in fact, only then can we properlyunderstand our actions The speaker vacillates in the first threestanzas of "The Road Not Taken," but his vacillations, viewed in deeperperspective, seem, and in fact really are, "decisive." We are too much in themiddle of things, Frost seems to be saying, ever to understand when we truly"acting" and "deciding" and when we are merely reacting andtemporizing. Our paths unfold themselves to us as we go. We realize our destination onlywhen we arrive at it, though all along we were driven toward it by purposes we may rightlyclaim, in retrospect, as our own. Frost works from Emerson's recognition in"Experience":