Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a very interesting poem about the narrator coming to a fork in a road. The underlying meaning of “The Road Not Taken” is the decisions that people have to make on the “road” of life and the regret what can come from choosing the wrong “road”. “The Road Not Taken” has many meaningful metaphors if the reader studies the poem closely. Frost masterly crafts the poem so that he teaches the reader about the importance of the decisions made in life.
The literal theme of the poem is that the narrator is traveling in the autumn when the narrator comes to a fork in the road. The narrator has to make a decision of what road to travel down. The two roads are worn about the same, making the decision harder. The narrator knows that he will most likely never come back to the fork. The narrator chooses the second road. The narrator many years later comes to a fork in a road and he chooses the “one less traveled” and it “has made all the difference.”
The underlying theme of the poem is that the life is a road and the fork is a decision in life. The narrator contemplates the decision trying to make the best decision for the narrator’s life. The narrator chooses the second “road” and saves the other “road” for another time, knowing that it is doubtful the narrator will be able to make the decision again. The narrator regrets the decision and many years later comes to a folk again and chooses the other path that has made “all the difference.” Overall, the underlying theme of “The Road Not Taken” is that decisions can make regrets in a person’s life. As the Bible states in Ecclesiastes 3, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…” Like the narrator in “The Road Not Taken” many people regret their decisions and do not trust that God has a great plan for them in the future.
The identity of the narrator is not told to the reader for many reasons. One of the many reasons the identity is not told is that Frost was trying to make the reader see the narrator inside themselves and to not make the...