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Please explain the phrase "way leads on to way" from "The Road Not Taken".  Robert...

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subhamkedia | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 24, 2009 at 9:17 PM via web

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Please explain the phrase "way leads on to way" from "The Road Not Taken".


Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken."

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 25, 2009 at 12:03 AM (Answer #1)

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When reading Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," the time-worn expression about the "window of opportunity" comes to mind.  Once a person has passed up an opportunity,  a commitment to another direction ("way") other decisions and choices are consequent upon that first selection of life's path; therefore, returning to the opportunity is impossible and the "window" is closed forever to the person. The first decision is irrevocable.

Frost's expression of "knowing how way leads on to way," has a tone of the rue of many who reflect upon the opportunities that they have lost in their lives.

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hero5 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 24, 2009 at 11:13 PM (Answer #2)

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This poem really is about the choices we make in life. If you look at it from that perspecitve "way leads on to way" means that one choice we make leads to a set of other choices and events and, really, there is no going back to make the same choice again.

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