Robert Frost illustrated, “Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it” (1). Frost was letting us know there are choices and opportunities in life we have to make. Life will present many opportunities, we as human beings have to make the right choice in order for us to be successful. Let us examine Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”. Frost’s approach in “The Road Not Taken” is a new criticism style for his readers to follow a rhyme scheme of ABAAB. The rhymes are firm and manly which some might say the poem is feminist because it presents a masculine “language and literature by exposing how a work reflects masculine ideology” (Delahoyde, 1). Frost’s poem has parts that are considered a feminist poem because of the language of the speaker but it also discusses “the connection between what a text says and the way it’s said” (Biddle and Fulwiler, 75). We will discuss Frost’s ideas and the form along with the logic and how the poem affected the reader.
Let us first start by investigating Frost ideas and form of the poem. The first stanza states, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, / And sorry I could not travel both / And be one traveler, long I stood” (Frost, 1.1-3). Frost clearly lets us know he is a lone traveler standing at a point in the road where they separate into the colorful woods which he could not travel down both paths. Frost shows us imagery of what the text says. Frost goes on and says, “And looked down one as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth; (1. 4-5). Frost simply looks as far as he could down one of the roads and could not see past a certain point, so he actually did not know what was ahead. “The Road Not Taken” is laid out in four stanzas with five lines in each stanza with a rhyme scheme of ABAAB told in first person view as nonfiction. In “The Road Not Taken” there was several lyrical tools used to increase the poem’s general tone in speaker’s voice. In the last stanza, Frost uses the continuation of a sentence without pause as well as repetition.
Some critics might say Frosts logic in “The Road Not Taken” is an indistinct poem that leads the reader to think about choices in life. The road is a symbol that signifies the journey of life that has an end point. There will be times in life when a choice has to be made.
Frost had to make a choice between being a teacher and a poet. He also understood the difference between reality and fancy. In “The Road Not Taken”, Frost reflects over which talent to follow. He later came to the assumption that he could be a teacher in poetry and makes his own route too. The true meaning behind “The Road Not Taken” is choice, how one decision can change a person’s entire life. Frost chose one path over another, and that, he says, “has made all the difference.” Frost is choosing between departing paths in nature, this is a metaphor of choice for choosing between different directions in life.
The fork in the road is symbolic of the choice the speaker has to make about his life. Each path corresponds to a different direction his life may take, so he has to choose carefully.
“The Road Not Taken” is a poem that everyone loves but some of the readers have misread the poem. “The Road Not Taken” all comes down to one point which is how the reader is to view the speaker, also known as Frost the writer. In 1999 Robert Pinsky conducted a yearlong survey of Americans that announced Robert Frost as the country’s favorite poet hands down (O’Brien,4). Groups of thoughtless readers have taken a great piece of literature and made it into a speech for student’s futures. “The Road Not Taken” has affected many “poetry scholars who see it as a satire of the illusion of individual choice, and by commencement speakers who regard the poem as a sunny celebration of free will” (Kassel, 1). Karen McCutcheon said in a journal that the poem “The Road Not Take” encourages you to consider the different opportunities in life and how often we choose to take the normal more known way forward” (McCutcheon, 3). The paths people think are the easiest and safest are normally the option they take, but if they were to take an unfamiliar path or journey in life it can become a thoughtful change in life and what is to become of it. There have been times in life were we all looked back at the choices we decided and thought how things could have been different if we took the other route. Life is all about the choices we decide and that is what makes us so different. These are just a couple ways Robert Frost poem has affected us in life.
Therefore, the ideas and the form along with the logic and how the poem affected the reader has determined to be a new criticism approach. Frost stands in the woods, considering taken a path in the road separated by a fork. Both paths are similarly worn and alike by the overlapping of un-trodden vegetation. Then Frost makes a choice, thinking that he will return one day and take the other path. Even though he knows it is not likely that he will have the chance to return. In the last stanza he lets us know sometime in the future he will claim that he took the less-traveled road which has made all the difference (Frost).