On ‘The Road Not Taken’, by Robert Frost

by Harriet Sheppard

This poem was a great one to talk about in our group: after going
through the meaning of all the new vocabulary, we discussed important
decisions that we make in our lives and how they can have far reaching
consequences.

The Road Not Taken
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.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

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.

Robert Frost

The group have very different perspectives on the
meaning of the poem and how it relates to their own varied experiences
of life. Matilda, a 70 year old woman from the Congo spoke of regrets
about decisions she made while in Africa that effect her life now.
Meanwhile, Camille,  a young French woman, spoke of her excitement in
the decisions that are still to come in her life, and how going for
the harder option can be an exciting challenge!

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