The Road Not Taken can be seen as a metaphor for the journey of life. Can you explain how?

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Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken can be seen as a metaphor for the journey of life. The poem speaks to the fact that two roads diverged from the single path Frost is walking on. Frost must make a decision as to which path he is going to take.

Frost contemplates each of the paths. Sorry he "could not take both," Frost examines both roads for a long time. He examines the undergrowth of one path and the grass path which "wanted wear." Frost chooses the grassy path.

He states that later he will take the other path, but is not really sure of he will come upon it again. He knows that he has made a decision which has, in a sense, marked his life until another divergence is found. Regardless, he is happy about his choice because it has "made all the difference."

Therefore, the poem is a metaphor about the journey of life based upon the fact that at times in our lives we are expected to make choices in life about the direction we are to go. Frost's poem speaks about the choice, decisions about the choices, and looking back on the choices without regret. Here, Frost uses the image of the path to represent the choices in life one must make in order to "move" through life.


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