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In "The Road Not Taken," did he take the road less traveled by or not?He seems think so...

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chumawitz | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM via web

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In "The Road Not Taken," did he take the road less traveled by or not?

He seems think so in 2nd paragraph but then changes his mind in the same paragraph. He decides that both roads are equal. but then in the last paragraph he says that he took the less traveled road.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM (Answer #1)

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The speaker says specifically that he took the road less traveled by. Since this poem seems to be autobiographical, and since Frost chose to lead a rather unconventional life, not unlike that of Henry David Thoreau, that seems to be further proof that Frost chose the road less traveled by. It is a little confusing that he titled his poem "The Road Not Traveled," but evidently he is speculating about what his life might have been like if he had chosen that other road. If he had chosen the other road he might have enjoyed more financial success, and he would almost certainly have known different people, made different friends, even married a different woman. As a man who wanted to devote his life to creative writing, he must have realized while he was at that crossroads situation that he was choosing a hard life. Poets do not make much money. That is a harsh fact. Many poets publish their works in literary magazines that cannot pay them anything. Frost was unusually successful, but it took him many years to achieve the recognition he deserved, and no doubt he was wondering whether the struggle was worth it.


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multivitamin | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2011 at 1:23 AM (Answer #2)

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In the poem it says,


I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."
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ocean | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM (Answer #3)

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In my opinion the I of the poem chooses "the road more travelled by" because in the second stanza it is said that both of the roads are the same and when he speaks of choosing "the road less travelled by" he is talking about the future that he may be regreted because of his choice and this is shown by the word "sigh" in 16th line. Moreover in the third stanza he is talking of his hesitation because he sees no step trodden back that convey the sense of fear of never coming back.

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