How is the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost important to the readers?

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In "The Road Not Taken," the reader learns an important lesson about life's choices. Life's choices are difficult. It is not easy to make a choice about which road to take in life. The speaker is saddened by the fact that he cannot travel both roads:

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;

The reader learns that life is about choices. The speaker deliberates and takes the road less traveled by and feels it has made all the difference:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

The speaker is saying that he took the road that less people traveled. The speaker is a nonconformist. He chose to not follow the crowd. He took the road that would have been lonelier. Less people traveled the road the speaker took. It is not easy to travel alone. It often means the trip will by lonely. In the end, the speaker feels he has made the right choice for the road he has taken has made all the difference. In the end, traveling alone is worth the journey. There will be less distractions. Less distractions means the traveler will be more focused on life's journey.  


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