Here conflict is between the right choice and wrong choice. Analysis This last stanza really highlights the nature of our regrets. From The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. When that pastor first told me what he saw, I found it a bit unsettling. The variation of the rhythm gives naturalness, a feeling of thought occurring spontaneously, and it also affects the reader's sense of expectation. He chooses the grassy and less travelled path. In , author tackles this most famous poem and argues, convincingly, that it is not only the best known American poem, it is also the most misunderstood poem.
The poem is actually far more complex than what so many of us have heard in countless graduation ceremonies. All of us reach a crucial point in life when we must make a right choice. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. This is of course treasured with time. However, Frost is very optimistic.
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. And this poem, when read in its entirety, is far, far more complex and interesting, which is why it has been my favorite poem and the only poem I ever memorized , since I was twelve. Critics of this poem are likely always to argue whether it is an affirmation of the crucial nature of the choices people must make on the road of life or a gentle satire on the sort of temperament that always insists on struggling with such choices. His poems begin in delight and in wisdom. Especially given a poem like this one, which has, as L. The tone of this stanza, coupled with the title, strongly suggests that the traveler, if not regretting his choice, at least laments the possibilities that the need to make a choice.
Stanza 2 Summary In this second stanza, lines six through eight: the individual in the poem finally makes a decision and chooses a road that he thinks he believes is better, because it looked like not many people had walked on it before. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; 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 worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. In fact, he predicts that his future self will betray this moment of decision as if the betrayal were inevitable. I actually went back and reread my own novel — and discovered he was right. Next, the poem seems more concerned with the question of how the concrete present yellow woods, grassy roads covered in fallen leaves will look from a future vantage point.
The poem inspires us to face the challenging realities in life. Both ways are equally worn and equally overlaid with un-trodden leaves. The meter is basically , with each line having four two-syllable feet. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. One poem describes the thoughts of a person travelng in nature and the other decribes the actions of a horse. It is an effect possible only in a rhymed and metrical poem and thus a good argument for the continuing viability of traditional forms. He looks into distant future.
With this poem, Frost has given the world a piece of writing that every individual can relate to, especially when it comes to the concept of choices and opportunities in life. This implies that this seemingly casual and inconsequential choice is likely to be a crucial commitment. 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. Several generations of careless readers have turned it into a piece of Hallmark happy-graduation-son, seize-the-future puffery. And he admits that someday in the future he will recreate the scene with a slight twist: He will claim that he took the less-traveled road. .
What was that experience like for you as the artist? My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. The poem as a whole is a metaphor. When he told me what he saw, I could see it — but I had never intended it. Thank you for adding these details. You felt deep in your bones what Frost was trying to convey.
Both poems are contemplative of a decision to make. This is the more primal strain of remorse. What is one main differences in these two poems by Robert Frost? Someone questioned the words used in this recitation. No matter where we end up, and how informed, tempting and satisfying our choices were, we will always wonder the what if-s and the could have been-s of the other opportunities that we left behind. The Breakdown Stanza 1: I encounter two roads Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; What It Means: So here I am, a lone traveler, standing at a crossroads. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Knight Library Special Collections, University of Oregon.
Richard, I was in high school when I first read the poem, part of the curriculum and textbook. 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. Here's our manifesto on the matter. Oh, I kept the first for another day! We have to choose, and most terrifyingly, the choice may not actually matter. This is a personal favorite—a simple yet iconic reflection on a major, life-changing shift in one's life.