What does the road symbolize in the poem ''The Road Not Taken''?
The road in Frost's "The Road Not Taken" symbolizes the path of life. At so many different points in our lives, we must make choices. The choices may seem to be small ones, to go down one street as opposed to another or to wear a yellow shirt as opposed to a blue one. But the choices can be large ones, which are more the kinds the poem is intended to make us contemplate. We decide to live in one city or another, we decide to marry one person or another, or we decide to become architects or poets.
All of us would like to perhaps sample these different paths in life, but until we have figured out a way to live alternative lives in alternative universes, we understand that making one choice precludes another nearly all of the time. The narrator says,
Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back (lines 13-15).
I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence (lines 16-17)