I need the critical assessment for the poem "The Road Not Taken" written by Robert Frost. 

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suggest that you consult the eNotes Study Guide for "The Road Not Taken." This will lead you to articles on the poem in two books in large sets published by Salem Press. These books are inMagill's Survey  of American Literature, Revised EditionandMasterplots II: Poetry, Revised Edition. The articles and the endnotes that follow them will give you all the references you need for a critical evaluation of "The Road Not Taken." You can go to the eNotes Study Guide by clicking on the link below. Another good way to get a lot of information about a famous work like "The Road Not Taken" is to get a couple ofdefinitivebiographies (big books representing years of research by experts) of Robert Frost and looking up that work in the indexes. You will often find several pages of detailed information about one single work, complete with interesting anecdotal material.

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jangsoyoung45 | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Much has been written about Robert Frost's iconic poem "The Road Not Taken." A deep and probably personal poem reveals that throughout one's life choices must be made, big or small, that turn out to have "made all the difference."

Told in the universality of four stanzas, four representing a universal or natural process of life and death, as represented in so many cultures, the poem transcends earthly circumstances with a convenient rhyme scheme and a colloquial nine-syllable line. The speaker in the beginning of the poem is at a fork and has two roads to choose from in order to continue the journey. Each road is "just as fair" as the other and each had been worn "really about the same."

If the roads are nearly identical, how can one be less travelled by? perhaps it is the road of the narrator that makes it his personal journey. When the speaker  will be "telling this with a sigh" perhaps it is life's constraints that make us choose whether the choices are great or small. And it is these constraints that put us on our own individual path or "road."  A road has been universally used as a metaphor for life since the days of "Pilgrim's Progress." 

Perhaps that is the common symbolism of a road. It is a journey which my malke all teh difference in the world to each of us. 

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