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One of Frosts commonest subjects is the choice the poet is faced withtwo roads two ideas two possibilities of action The Road Not Takendeals with the choice between two roads and with the results of the choicewhich the poet makes It raises the evident question of whether it is better tochoose a road in which many travel or to choose the road less traveled andexplore it yourself In The Road Not Taken the speakers tone and settinghelp illustrate the struggle a person goes through in their lives to pick the rightIt is possible to read this poem as a statement of some self-pity on thepoets part a feeling perhaps that he has been cheated and misunderstoodbecause he took an unpopular path To support this tone one might point tothe last stanza The speaker will some day sighing tell others that he tookthe unknown road when faced with a choice The reading however missesmuch of the significance of the second and third stanzas At the end of thesecond the speaker states that there was really not much difference in the tworoads neither had really been worn by traffic though one had been givenmore wear than the other It becomes obvious that the speakers tone beginsto change It becomes a little more confident not much but definitely lessconfused and scared than he was earlier The first glimpse of this change intone is in the eighth verse where he says because is the second road wasgrassy and wanted wear It also shows that the speaker may not want to belike everybody else a follower but instead chose a different road and behimself a leader This verse also says that the road wanted wear like he wasdrawn to the path not just out of his own desire to be different but maybe outof some pity That pity being that the road is traveled less not because it isnot appealing but that people are too afraid to be different Verse
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