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Discuss the figurative interpretation of the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

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"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost stands as a masterpiece illustrating both the literal and figurative meaning of a poem. The narrator of the poem faces a decision that on the surface seems not so difficult. It is the underlying significance that brings the real meaning of the poem to life.

Literal meaning

The narrator in the poem is walking in the woods on an early autumn morning.  He comes to a fork in the road and has to decide which way to go.  He wishes that he could travel on both roads. When looks down one of the paths, he realizes that he can only see so far before the thick underbrush impedes his view.

In the second stanza, the poet does a cursory look at the roads and quickly chooses one that he first thinks has had less travel than the other one.  After looking at the roads a little more, he sees that there really is not much difference in them because both have been traveled on but not recently.

The third stanza explains that the poet regrets that he cannot go down both...

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