At a glance:
- Author: Robert Frost
- First Published: 1916
- Type of Poem: Lyric
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: Traveling or travelers, Forests or forestry, Conformity, Joy or sorrow, Decision making, Autumn, Leaves
“The Road Not Taken” is one of Robert Frost’s most familiar and most popular poems. It is made up of four stanzas of five lines each, and each line has between eight and ten syllables in a roughly iambic rhythm; the lines in each stanza rhyme in an abaab pattern. The popularity of the poem is largely a result of the simplicity of its symbolism: The speaker must choose between diverging paths in a wood, and he sees that choice as a metaphor for choosing between different directions in life. Nevertheless, for such a seemingly simple poem, it has been...
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