Describe the two roads that the speaker comes across.

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Road Not Taken" the narrator comes to a fork in the road and ponders his two choices. He looks down one road for a bit until it curves and he can see no more of it because of the foliage beside it.  This is the road more traveled, the "road not taken."

The road "less traveled" goes in another direction.  This road looks much the same as the other; he says it is

...just as fair

And having perhaps the better claim

Because it was grassy and wanted wear.

This is the road he chooses to take,

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the the same.

As he tries to decide which to travel, he sees the roads as being in much the same condition:

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no man had trodden black.

His choice, then, is between two roads quite similar in appearance.  Interesting to note the poem is titled for the road he doesn't choose.  Once he chooses, he has no regrets.

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The Road Not Taken

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