In "The Road Not Taken" how does one path differ from the other and what is the symbolic meaning of the road?

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lcassidy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" the roads which are mentioned are a metaphor for life.  More specifically, the paths are symbols for the decisions we have to make in life.  The physical difference between these two roads are that one was grassy and less traveled, whereas the other was more worn by passers by.  The symbolism of the two roads is that the other path, the one that is not taken, is representative of the easy road.  This of course is the path that most people will take in life.  The other; however, the one the narrator chose was the more difficult road.  At the end of the poem, the narrator comments that given the chance, he would not have made the same decision again. He also admits that for better or worse, this choice has made all the difference in his life.  It is also noteworthy to mention that the title of the work is “The Road Not Taken” when the poem is clearly about the road he did take.  This merely refers to the fact that we always look back at the important decisions we make in life by thinking about the option we did not take. 

kanikasarin | Student

One path differs frm other as one is less taken by the people whereas the other is more opted bu the people...the poet chooses the path less opted by and it makes all the difference in his life..

SYMBOLIC MEANING- the roads in this poem tell about the decisions we have to make in life.Just as the poet is confused about the road he should take in the same way a stage comes in our life when we have to take a decision which will effect our whole life. At that time we are in a confusion and we have to make a decision after lot of thinking. We do not know the results we will face after the outcome of our decision comes out.Thus, the poem is a subjective poem which tells about the difficulties on has to face while making choices.