Justify the title "The Road Not Taken."This question is from the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

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lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the poem "The Road Not Taken," the speaker is sighing because he could not take both roads. He admits that he is "sorry" to not have had the opportunity to take both roads. This poem is about the road not taken. The speaker is reminiscent of the other road. What might have happened had he been able to take the road not taken? He studied both roads before deciding to take the road less traveled by:

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.

From this stanza, we learn that the reader stood a long time while deciding which road to take. He admits that he regrets not having been able to travel both roads. There is something about the road not taken that still haunts the speaker. He deliberated about which road to take. Finally deciding upon the road less traveled by, he states that it has made all the difference. The question is why is the speaker still sighing about the road not taken?

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.

Is he sighing because he is saddened by the fact he could not take both roads? Obviously, the speaker is thinking about the road not taken. Since way leads on to way, the speaker doubts that he will ever go back. Therefore, the road not taken will always be a memory of the road the speaker chose not to take. Would that road have made a difference? The speaker will never know for time has passed and he took the road less traveled by. If the road less traveled by has made all the difference, why is the reader still thinking about the road not taken? Life has a way of making us wonder what would have happened had the speaker taken the road not taken.

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is interesting that the speaker, undoubtedly Frost himself, says that he shall be repeating his story "somewhere ages and ages hence." Tha word "ages" suggests a long period of time, and "ages and ages" suggests suggests more than one lifetime. Frost seems to have either believed in personal immortality or else, like Shakespeare, he believe that his poem would be read by people who had not yet been born. In fact, he was telling the literal truth, because "The Road Not Taken," as well as many of Frost's other poems, are currently being read and discussed by people who were not born when he wrote them, and whose parents were not even born when he wrote them. He acknowledged in a letter written to a young girl in 1927 that the poem was about his own personal decision to choose the spartan lifestyle he did. He said in his letter that the "sigh" was not terribly serious becausse he did not have serious regrets about the choice he made. Much of Frost's poetry might be classified under the title of "The Road Taken," which led to a life of simplicity but ultimately to recognition as America's greatest poet.

kanikasarin | Student

The road not taken is an appropriate title as the whole poem revolves around it.First of all he is in a dilemma that is about which road he should take..he chooses the less opted road...he did not take the first one..at last in the stanza it is also said i took the less opted by and that has made all the difference i.e he did not take the first road....1st road wad the road not taken becoz of which there was a very big difference in his life...