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In Youth and beauty Wisdom is Rare Use of Symbolism in The Road Not TakenThe Road Not Taken by Robert Frost uses symbolism to demonstrate that everyone is a traveler who chooses the road to follow on his or her journey in life Our decisions based on personal experiences reflect the wisdom gained in life and by starting the poem with Two roads diverge in a yellow wood Frost suggests a traveler in the autumn of his life This is further implied by the thoughtful contemplation of his decision long I stood and looked down one as far as I could which is suggestive of the maturity of age and not the impulsiveness of youth The traveler must make a decision When Frost closes the poem with I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference he shows a hindsight that only time can give a person When the speaker chooses which path to take in the woods he also demonstrates the knowledge that the decision will change his life in unpredictable ways The sigh in I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence does not tell us that the choice will be bad or good only that he knows it will make a difference in his lifeThe traveler has made his choice has taken the path and yet does not know where it will lead him In his lines Oh I kept the first for another day Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back one must wonder if Frost was making a very subtle reference to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said one cannot step in the same river twice Even if a person could return to the path not taken neither the person nor the path would have remained the same Maturity of thought is demonstrated again in the statement Then took the other
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