Poetry Analysis: The Road Not Taken



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; 5

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, 10

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. 15

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. 20




Consider This: Frost's The Road Not Taken is a very popular poem for classes to analyze. It has become a common assumption that the poem is a celebration of individuality and non-conformity. However, Robert Frost himself has called the poem "tricky", making one wonder if it does, in fact, have the message of self-reliance that one originally thought.

Your Assignment: Using the poem above. Make a screencast of the poem, explaining whether you think the author is celebrating his individualism and non-conformity or not. What in the poem makes you think the way that you do?

  • You may copy the poem into a text program and change text size, color, etc.
  • Use the markup tools within Jing to illustrate what in the poem has led you to your conclusions.