The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Discuss the metaphors in "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

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Because the "Two roads" in this poem have both literal and figurative meaning (the speaker does seem to be standing at a very real, literal fork in the road, but the fork also represents something figurative: a choice to be made in the life of the speaker) the roads can also be interpreted as symbols.

A metaphor often has only has figurative meaning, but this speaker describes both the physical appearance of the woods in which the roads are located as well as of the two roads themselves: the wood is "yellow," probably because it is fall, and the roads are "worn [...] about the same"; both "equally lay / In leaves no step had trodden black."  In this symbol, then, about the same number of people have taken each road (literal) and made each choice (figurative).  The speaker cannot see where either road eventually leads (literal), just as we cannot know all of the future outcomes of the decisions we make in the present (figurative).  He only knows that, once he chooses a path (both literally and figuratively), he will probably never have the opportunity to see where the other path leads.

Ultimately, however, the speaker plans to tell people that he "took the [road] less traveled," although he has already admitted to us that such a road does not exist.  The second is "just as fair" as the first, just grassier, and they are "worn [...] about the...

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