The road not taken summary stanza by stanza

The road not taken

Robert Frost

The road not taken summary stanza by stanza

The poem “The Road Not Taken” by the famous poet Robert Frost. He wrote this poem as a joke for a friend named Edward Thomas who was also a poet. We also know that Robert Frost was never more serious than when joking. So, we have to take this poem seriously.

This poem is an ambiguous poem. It’s about choices and uncertainty. The choices about human life. The poem is full of confusion.

The road not taken summary stanza by stanza:

The Road Not Taken” begins with a dilemma. The poet talks about his sorrow in the first stanza.

              Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 

              And sorry I could not travel both  

              And be one traveler, long I stood  

              And looked down on as far as I could

              To where it bent in the Undergrowth. 

First stanza summary

From the first stanza, we can understand that the poet is talking about human life and the decision we made in our life. Here, the poet talks about two roads divided into two ways and he could not travel both at the same time when he was one traveler. The poet was sad because he could not travel both roads. From the poem, we also understand that he turned back and he saw another road as far as he could. He was thinking about this at the hardest part of human life. Which represents yellow wood. Yellowwood also represents old ages also it can autumn season.

     Then took the other, as just as fair, 

     And having perhaps the better claim 

     Because it was grassy and wanted wear, 

     Though as for that the passing there 

     Had worm them really about the same, 

Second stanza summary

After reading the second stanza, it may seem that Robert took the other road because he might think that both roads are the same. In human life, every person has to choose the road that he/she desire. It is not easy to achieve a goal in life. Whatever the road he/she chooses, there will be difficulties in every road. Both roads are the same. The roads are covered with difficulties.

        And both morning equally lay

        In leaves no stop had trodden black

        oh, I kept the first bon another day!

        Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

        I doubted if I should even come back.  

Third stanza summary

This poem is full of confusion we know that from the starting point. In the first 2 lines of this stanza. I can say that the morning of the two roads are the same and beautifully carpeted with the help of leaves. And it also seems that no one has gone through with the road. But Robert Frost also said he choose the second road and, kept the first road for another day. But it was not possible for anyone to back again and choose another path. He was in a confusion. We can also see in this third stanza that he was in great regard to close the second road. He was thinking if he had even come back and started his journey again. And this time he may choose the first road for a better life.

          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.  

Last stanza summary

In the fourth stanza, we can see that the poet was talking about her past life. Talking about nostalgia. Talking about the two roads and the decision he made to choose the road. He is talking this happily. From the last stanza, we can see that Robert Frost took the road which was less traveled by. Maybe he was a coward that’s why he choose the long road and he was just joking by telling that. But from the last line of this stanza seems, the poet may be happy for what road he chooses and that has made all the difference with others.

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