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The Road Not Traveled

Updated on November 13, 2009

The diverging roads are a metaphor for the major choices that we must make in our lives.

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, is a poem that has a profound life-affirming message. On the surface, it appears to be about a walk in the woods. But on a deeper level, Frost used metaphor to offer his perspective about what to do when faced with life's important decisions.

The diverging roads are a metaphor for the major choices that we must make in our lives. The speaker (or poet) in the poem must decide which way to live his life knowing that whichever decision is made, he is bound to wonder if it is the right one. As the speaker comes to the understanding that there is no way to know what the right decision is, the less traveled road becomes the right choice simply because it is the road that he decides to take.

We have no way of knowing the outcome or what's ahead on any path we choose to take. So we make a choice, and do our best. The grass may look greener but it doesn't mean life will be easier. The path may look rugged and rough from the onset, but it doesn't mean that it's the same condition farther down the path.

The old proverb that opportunity never knocks twice is conveyed in this poem in: "I doubted if I should ever come back." So the choice won't ever be made again.


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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Very true, and Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets. His advice on the road less traveled is paramount to anyone trying to find their own journey through life. Thanks for sharing your take on his message.