Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Many readers have wondered about the road that was not taken. Where did it lead? Why is the speaker still wondering where it led and whether he made the right decision when he took the other road? Perhaps the poem is intended to leave the reader wondering about these things, just as the speaker himself is wondering about them. If the answers to the questions were easier to deduce, then the questions would not remain so haunting. Perhaps it was the poet's intention to leave the reader with the image in his mind of that other road extending enticingly "to where it bent in the undergrowth." It seems futile to try to guess where that other road led, since the poet himself could not tell, is still wondering many years later, and expects to be wondering "somewhere ages and ages hence."

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial