“The Road Not Taken” can be viewed as a poem about making choices and picking a path in life. At the beginning of the poem, the speaker is looking at the two paths in front of him and is confused about choosing the right one. He examines both paths and attempts to understand which one will be the right one for him:
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...
After much deliberation, he chooses one, which he thinks is the right one because it is “grassy and wanted wear,” which implies that he picks a more challenging path in life, most likely ignored by many people.
Our speaker likes to think that he has made the right choice and that one day, when he is old, he will be able to tell how he chose a path “less traveled by,” a path that changed his life for the better. Although we may not be entirely convinced that the speaker is telling the truth, especially because the second stanza gives us information that both paths are equally traveled, our attention should not be focused on that. Instead, we should remember that
this poem is about the inevitability of making a choice and dealing with the results of it. The poem implies that no matter which path we choose, our choice will definitely make a difference in our life, for better or for worse.