"The Road not Taken" by Robert FrostHow does this poem relate to us in our society? Based on what you have learned from the literature you have read ("The Road Not Taken" by Robert...

"The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost

How does this poem relate to us in our society? 

Based on what you have learned from the literature you have read ("The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost), think about how the research on your topic will impact your views and attitudes towards yourself, your family, your profession, your local community or society as a whole in the coming years.

Take a stand in the form of a thesis statement.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You have probably had to make difficult decisions in your life, and that's normal. As life progresses, you will undoubtedly have to make more such decisions.  How to live with those decisions without spending a lot of time and energy looking back in regret should be every person's goal.  Wistfulness is good; regret serves little purpose.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There is a lighthearted satire in Robert Frost's poem as he claimed that he wrote this poem about his friend Eward Thomas who had a penchant for indecisiveness when they strolled together.  (He would tell Frost that they maybe should have gone another way where the flora was prettier, for example.)

With such a politicially correct world in which people fear making a decision which may bring censure upon them, and with people's fear of commitment in life, Frost's poem also speaks of the indecision in people's lives that can lead to one's reflections in later life that them to sigh over their weaknesses.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Maybe what it’s telling us is to live with the choices we make in our life. If you look at the words of the poem, "Then took the other, as just as fair,/And having perhaps the better claim/Because it was grassy and wanted wear,/Though as for that the passing there/Had worn them really about the same," both roads are similar. It’s not a hard choice because one offers more challenge (less traveled). The challenge is making the choice, following through, and dealing with whatever that choice brings.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The poem's speaker talks of not choosing the road that is bare of grass and worn down with the trampling of many people's feet.  No, he took the overgrown one...the road less traveled.  I think this mantra speaks to us today as risk takers and leaders.  In order to fulfill our dreams, we can not sit back in a comfy overstuffed chair and wait for the opportunities to fall into our chubby laps.  Oh, no!  We must be bold and resolute.  We must take the road less traveled and risk stumbling, but after the stumbling we come out on the other side victorious!  Those who never take a chance never have anything different than what they have always had.  To change things, we must shake up the boring routine.  Step out of our comfort zones.  Create new paradigms.  Viola!

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Knowing how "way leads on to way", one must realize that life is dictated by our choices; since, once made, many decisions are very difficult to undo, we must choose wisely.

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