In "The Road Not Taken," comment on the multiple meanings implied in Frost's poem.

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In "The Road Not Taken," Frost writes a poem with multiple meanings. "Two roads diverged" and the speaker is torn between the two roads. The two roads could represent choices we make in life. Also, there are others subjects which are represented in the poem:

Traveling or travelers, forests or forestry, conformity, joy or sorrow, decision making, autumn, leaves. 

This poem is filled with possibilities. The speaker experiences decision making. He must decide between the two roads. He is so sorry he cannot travel both roads. "Long [he] stood" searching one road to take over the other.

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;

Then the speaker takes the other road that was just as fair because it was "grassy and wanted wear." Indeed, the speaker took the road less traveled by and claims that it has made all the difference in his life. The speaker is definitely a nonconformist. He chose the lone road. He chose the road free from distractions. Still, the speaker is saddened by the fact that he could not take both roads. In fact, he shall be telling his story with a sigh "somewhere ages and ages hence." He "took the road less traveled by" and his life has been different:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.