What is the significance of choosing a road?
The significance of choosing a road in "The Road Not Taken" is the inherent difficulty in making choices in life for which the outcome is unclear.
The speaker of this poem is traveling through the woods when he faces a fork in the road. He is thus faced with making a decision, and he weighs his options carefully, trying to determine the best path to take.
The roads become a metaphor for those choices, and the significance of choosing the road is the inherent difficulty in having to make tough decisions. The speaker wants to know the eventual destination of those roads, so he looks down them as far as he possibly can. Yet he realizes that he can't see where each road will eventually take him because they turn and bend into the undergrowth, hiding the difficulty of the path and obscuring his view.
This is also significant. When we face choices, we wrestle with this same difficulty. It is often impossible to know if we are making the best choice, so sometimes we have to choose a path and just keep walking, hoping it all turns out for the best.
The final point of significance is that after making the choice, the speaker hopes to one day return to this fork in the road and choose the other path, just to know where that would have taken him. Yet he also realizes that his choice will likely take him down a series of roads after this one, and it's highly unlikely that he will ever be able to return to this point in his life. This speaks to the ways our decisions forever alter the paths of our lives, shaping our eventual outcomes at one metaphorical fork in the road after another.
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