Can you connect to the narrator's feelings and experiences in the poem ''The Road Not Taken'' by Robert Frost?

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This appears to be an assignment in which an instructor is asking you to connect your own experiences to the poem. As an eNotes educator, my personal experiences will obviously be different from yours, and thus this response will help you think through what sort of issues you should cover in the assignment.

In the poem, we have a narrator who arrives at a fork in the road while he is walking. He has a choice of two paths to follow. They appear relatively similar, but one seems slightly more neglected and overgrown, and he chooses that one. He reflects that he can always explore the other route later, but then he corrects himself with the realization that he is not likely to return and do so. This situation acts as a metaphor for life choices. 

As you work on your assignment, you could think of similar life choices you have made. For example, you probably applied to several colleges and then chose one rather than another. Although in theory you could transfer to another school, you would lose credit hours and probably won't do so. This choice will affect many aspects of your future. 

You could also talk about choosing careers, whether you decided to follow a conventional major such as business or something more unusual such as game studies or performance art. You could then reflect upon your decision-making process and your decisions. 

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I'll answer this question with a personal example, as I can't speak for your unique, individual experience. However, hopefully my own response will give you some guidance and/or inspiration to respond to the question yourself. 

In general, I take Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" to be a depiction of the process of making important decisions, and the inability to do everything that one wants to do. Indeed, at the end, the speaker notes that the path he's chosen in life "has made all the difference" (20), and the statement has a ring of melancholy to it, as if he wonders what might have been had he made other choices. I can certainly connect to such an idea; once one becomes an adult, it's impossible to avoid thinking about the different jobs one could have taken, or the different places one could have visited. I know exactly how the speaker feels, as I often wish I could experience everything at once and were not forced to make decisions.

Your own connection to the poem depends on your personal interpretation of it and your unique experiences. I'd encourage you to read the poem carefully and think of personal experiences you've had that you can connect to Frost's poetry. 

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