Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"The Road Not Taken"

I came across an analysis of Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Traveled on YouTube. I don't agree with everything (ok, most, if not all) of what is stated in the video, but I find it really interesting and it gives me a new perspective on the poem.

Because the video made me look at The Road Not Traveled in a new light I wanted to share it here, in case anyone else might want to see it.



To read the poem, just Google it or click here.

I've always read the poem as saying that the less taken road is preferable because it has not been explored by others. I've also taken "The Road Not Taken" to mean that other people did not choose his own path.

Of course, I'm only beginning to really taking a close look at the poem now. Ask me again in a few days and my take on it might be different.

What do you think? What does the poem mean to you?

1 comment:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

When I was young, I thought the less-travelled road represented non-conformity and that taking it was a good choice. Now that I'm middle-aged, I recognize that the poem could really be about regret -- regret for not taking the easier, more travelled (conformist) path. I agree with the video analyst that there's quite a bit of hesitation and difficulty choosing on the part of the poet, but I think his analysis is over-thought and not all that plausible. I don't see any satire or mockery in the last verse, for example.

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