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1998 The Road Not Taken Rather Than The Road Taken A Title A Choice The title of a poem often reflects the authors theme In his poem The Road Not Taken Frosts theme is about choices He had two roads to chose from and wonders what would have happened had he taken the other road His title reflects this The first three lines Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler long I stood tell us the narrator must choose between two roads he finds equally appealing It is apparent the narrator has a difficult choice to make and is carefully considering his options The fact that he is sorry he cannot travel or choose both paves the way for regret or wonderment After the choice of roads is described and considered Frost writes Oh I kept the first for another day Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back This is where the narrator makes his choice Here he knows he is bound by that choice He wants to hold on to the other possibility but knows this cannot be His choice becomes the road taken The choice he held on to then somberly let go becomes The Road Not Taken In the last stanza of this poem Frost writes 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 The narrator seems content with his choice yet he tells of it with a sigh not so much a regretful sigh but a speculative one He is resolving himself to
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