Summarize "The Road Not Taken" and and identify the theme. Give reasons for your opinion.

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (1874-1963) remains one of his most popular poems. It represents an extended metaphor of choice. Having come to some difficult decision, needing a commitment to one way or another, the author considers which to choose, and regrets he can't choose both.  He's on his own making this choice; no one has been down either path to suggest or guide him as to which way he might go ("In leaves no step had trodden black," no footsteps have tread upon the fallen leaves, some of which would have been turned over if tread upon and exposed the darker, rotting leaves underneath.)  He carefully considers his choice, noting that as "way leads on to way," it'll be difficult, if not impossible to retrace his steps.  The last stanza suggests a hint of regret, the author reconsidering his choice sometime in the far future, ("I shall be telling this with a sigh, ages and ages hence") that the other pathway was never experienced, but having made his choice, experiences hist "path" to the fullest.