This study guide will help you analyze the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on composition, characters and narrator, language and style, rhythm and rhyme, imagery and metaphors, themes and message.
Presentation of the poem
Title: “The Road Not Taken”
Author: Robert Frost
Published in: Mountain Interval (collection)
Date of Publication:1916
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was a famous American poet who got to receive, during his lifetime, four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. “The Road Not Taken” is probably his most famous poem. It was inspired by Edward Thomas, a writer and a friend of Frost’s.
The poem presents an anonymous speaker reflecting on which road he should take further on. He finds himself in a wood and encounters two roads. Both look more or less the same, but the speaker finds it difficult to choose just one. Eventually, he decides to choose one of them. Still, on his way, he keeps on thinking about the other road. He makes a promise to himself that he would return and take the other road some other day, but he knows that he may never return. At the end of the poem, the speaker decides what to tell others when he will be asked about the road he took. He decides to tell people that he took the road which was less traveled and that it made all the difference.
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