Does the mood of the imagery change from start to finish?

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The mood of the imagery in Robert Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken” changes from the beginning to the end. As the poem opens the imagery explains the traveler is questioning which path to take in the woods, and he takes an extensive look at each. The reader can feel how the traveler is questioning and deciding which way to go. The paths are different in that one is worn by travel while the other seems to have less wear. But, on this particular morning neither path had been used. The traveler is saddened that he cannot take both.

He then becomes excited as he decides to take the one that is less trodden and to save the other one for another trip even though he does not think he will ever return.

The mood changes again in the last stanza when the traveler states that he will be explaining his chosen path in the future. The imagery repeats back to the “Two roads diverged in a wood,” but the mood changes to be more introspective, mixed with the gratification of making the right choice. Metaphorically, his choice of the less trodden path changed his life.