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"The Road Not Taken" is an ironic commentary on the autonomy of choice in aworld governed by instincts, unpredictable contingencies, and limited possibilities. Itparodies and demurs from the biblical idea that God is the "way" that can andshould be followed and the American idea that nature provides the path to spiritualenlightenment. The title refers doubly to bravado for choosing a road less traveled butalso to regret for a road of lost possibility and the eliminations and changes produced bychoice. "The Road Not Taken " reminds us of the consequences of the principle ofselection in al1 aspects of life, namely that al1 choices in knowledge or in actionexclude many others and lead to an ironic recognitions of our achievements. At the heartof the poem is the romantic mythology of flight from a fixed world of limited possibilityinto a wilderness of many possibilities combined with trials and choices through which thepilgrim progresses to divine perfection. I agree with Frank Lentricchia's view that thepoem draws on "the culturally ancient and pervasive idea of nature as allegoricalbook, out of which to draw explicit lessons for the conduct of life (nature as self-helptext)." I would argue that what it is subverting is something more profound than thesentimental expectations of genteel readers of fireside poetry. . . .

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Two lonely cross-roads that themselves cross each other I have walked several times this winter without meeting or overtaking so much as a single person on foot or on runners. The practically unbroken condition of both for several days after a snow or a blow proves that neither is much travelled. Judge then how surprised I was the other evening as I came down one to see a man, who to my own unfamiliar eyes and in the dusk looked for all the world like myself, coming down the other, his approach to the point where our paths must intersect being so timed that unless one of us pulled up we must inevitably collide. I felt as if I was going to meet my own image in a slanting mirror. Or say I felt as we slowly converged on the same point with the same noiseless yet laborious stride as if we were two images about to float together with the uncrossing of someone's eyes. I verily expected to take up or absorb this other self and feel the stronger by the addition for the three-mile journey home. But I didn't go forward to the touch. I stood still in wonderment and let him pass by; and that, too, with the fatal omission of not trying to find out by a comparison of lives and immediate and remote interests what could have brought us by crossing paths to the same point in a wilderness at the same moment of nightfall. Some purpose I doubt not, if we could but have made out. I like a coincidence almost as well as an incongruity.

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A close look at the poem reveals that Frost's walker encounters two nearlv identicalpaths: so he insists, repeatedly. The walker looks down one, first, then the other, Indeed, "the passing there / Had worn them reallv about thesame." As if the reader hasn't gotten the message, Frost says for a third time."And both that morning equally lay/ In leaves no step had trodden black." What,then, can we make of the final stanza? My guess is that Frost, the wily ironist, is sayingsomething like this: "When I am old, like all old men, I shall make a myth of mylife. I shall pretend, as we all do, that I took the less traveled road. But I shall belying." Frost signals the mockingly self-inflated tone of the last stanza byrepeating the word "I," which rhymes - several times - with the inflated word"sigh." Frost wants the reader to know that what he will be saying, that he tookthe road less traveled, is a fraudulent position, hence the sigh.

The final lines of that famous poem, written so long ago, ring true for us today: Two roads diverged in a wood And I took the one less traveled by
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On "The Road Not Taken" - Department of English

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.

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For the large moral meaning which "The Road Not Taken" seems to endorse - go,as I did, your own way, take the road less traveled by, andit will make "allthe difference"-does not maintainitself when the poem is looked at morecarefully. Then one notices how insistent is the speaker on admitting, at the time of hischoice, that the two roads were in appearance "really about the same," that they"equally lay / In leaves no step had trodden black," and that choosing onerather than the other was a matter of impulse, impossible to speak about any more clearlythan to say that the road taken had "perhaps the better claim." But in the finalstanza, as the tense changes to future, we hear a different story, one that will be told"with a sigh" and "ages and ages hence." At that imagined time andunspecified place, the voice will have nobly simplified and exalted the whole impulsivematter into a deliberate one of taking the "less traveled" road:

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Both roads had been worn "about the same," though his "taking" thesecond is based on its being less worn. The basis of selection is individuation,variation, and "difference": taking the one "less traveled by." Thathe "could not travel both / And be one traveler" means not only that he willnever be able to return but also that experience alters the traveler; he would not be thesame by the time he came back. Frost is presenting an antimyth in which origin,destination, and return are undermined by a nonprogressive development. And the hero hasonly illusory choice. This psychological representation of the developmental principle ofdivergence strikes to the core of Darwinian theory. Species are made and survive whenindividuals diverge from others in a branching scheme, as the roads diverge for thespeaker. The process of selection implies an unretracing process of change through whichindividual kinds are permanently altered by experience. Though the problem of making achoice at a crossroads is almost a commonplace, the drama of the poem conveys a largermythology by including evolutionary metaphors and suggesting the passage of eons.