What is the connotative setting of the poem "The Road Not Taken"?  

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The connotative setting of the poem revolves around the concept of choice.  The poem is about the choices we make and the identity that is formed as a result of the choice.  The speaker of the poem feels that his choice of which road to take is symbolic of his commitments, his ideals, and his understanding of self.  The connotation is that through this situation of having to pick one of two paths when confronted with a fork in the road, the speaker reveals to us that the people we are and the identities that are formed are only done so when we become the active agents of our own narratives.  This becomes the symbolism, connotation of the poem.  The final component here is the absolute nature of these choices.  It should not be lost that the speaker of the poem affirms these choices when saying, "And that has made all the difference," almost confirming that our choices are the defining characteristic in who we are and who we hope to be.

kjspears | Student

choices in life -- there is a direct metaphor between choice we make in life -- and the choice of a turn here or there on a road.