What is revealed about the narrator’s character through his or her analysis of the roads and choices he or she makes?

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The speaker of the poem, often identified as Frost, but not necessarily so, is at first indecisive. In the beginning of the poem, he decides to save the first road, which is probably the one most people take, for another time. However, he says it's not likely that he will return. This implies that his decision is critical. He decides, of course, to take the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference." But in the final stanza of the poem, the speaker notes that he will be telling this story "with a sigh" which may imply regret, either of the choice he made or the fact that he needed to make a choice at all. Many critics have said that the "road less travelled" is a metaphor for Frost's decision to become a poet, but the text of the poem does not really mention what kind of choice, or even who had to make the choice of which road to take. "The indecision of the speaker—his divided state of mind—is heightened by the repetition of “I,” split by the
line division and emphasized by the rhyme and pause. It is an effect possible only in a rhymed and metrical poem" (enotes.com), and this traditional form has added to the poem's popularity over the years.