In the poem The Road Not Taken, how can you describe, if it is, or not symbolic, or what kind of poem is?the wood that he is mention is about tress or about dead, what is about.

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe the poem is about choices.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

The "yellow" wood indicates to me that we are talking about the fall, perhaps the fall of the writer's life where choice we make are more "permanent."

He examines them both, suspecting that one might have been worn more than the other, but finally concludes, "Though as for that, the passing there/Had worn them really about the same"  Unless the writer is going to remain where he is forever, he has to make a decision which path to choose, although there is no clear indication that one is any better than the other.   He also knows that this choice is final because "Yet knowing how way leads on to way,/I doubted if I should ever come back."

In the end, he claims that he shall be telling the story some day with a sigh because he tool the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference.  This is in direct contradiction to what he said earlier about the roads being about the roads being worn about the same.

What's the point?  Well, I believe that he is suggesting that every choice we make leads on to consequences that change everything in our lives.  Each choice we make has the potential to change everything.  And we only go this way once, so every choice is important.

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