The Road Not Taken - Poem by Robert Frost
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:
Robert Frost: Poems “The Road Not Taken” (1916) …
Robert Frost, His Family, and the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature." Images of Frost first editions, information about Frost's family, and more. Univ. of Virginia Library.