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The Road More Traveled The Road Not Taken is perhaps the most studied poems of all time Scholars and students alike have spent countless hours pouring over the mere twenty lines of verse Yet despite all the pondering and all the effort put forth there has never been one fully accepted interpretation of the poem or any poem for that matter The most common interpretation asserts that the speaker is recalling an important decision he made in his past with nostalgia and pride However I contend that another interpretation is more feasible My interpretation of The Road Not Taken states that the speaker is not telling a story about making a right decision years ago but rather that he is trying to rationalize that his decision was not merely a guess As the poem begins the reader is presented with a narrative of events from the past The first stanza sets the scene for the narration As two roads diverged in a yellow wood a lone walker comes upon a fork in the path and is left to decide which path to take much the same as travelers on the road of life must do The speakers immediate instinct is to look for a reason to choose one path over another He is sorry he could not travel both but is in a situation where a decision has to be made The speaker chooses one path over the other initially stating that he did so because one was grassy and wanted wear However two lines later the speaker retracts that statement saying the two paths were really about the same To me this contradiction suggest that the choices the writer has made in his life were fairly arbitrary and that his fate was determined by luck The speaker in The Road Not Taken attempts to delude himself that he will be back to try the first path Frost writes I kept
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