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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth Then took the other as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black Oh I kept the first for another day Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence Two roads diverged in a wood and I-- I took the one less traveled by And that has made all the difference Robert Frost The Road I Should Have Taken Robert Frosts The Road Not Taken has long been hailed as a testimony to individuality and an inspiration to take chances Instead of conforming to societys rituals the speaker chose to be differentto take the road less traveled by However many readers and critics alike have neglected to consider the perils of choosing a path that is seldom tread upon The consequences of selecting a road that is noticeable more unkempt and perhaps even hazardous could be devastating it is a miracle in its self that the speaker is still alive or even sane enough to recall his precarious adventure through the uncharted territory Does no one remember the legend of Little Red Riding Hood who against her mothers warnings wandered off the trail only to fall victim to the wolf As the story goes Little Red Riding Hood was sent forth with a basket of goodies to
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