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’s 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 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 representation of the choice the Frost has to make about his life. Each path corresponds to a different direction a person’s life may take, so he or she has to choose carefully. If the reader was to break down a section of the poem “The Road Not Taken” for instance the last stanza they will interpreter a better meaning. “I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence:” (Frost, 4.16-17). When Frost or the speaker is much older, he will think back about the choice he has made with deep exhalation. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by,” (Frost, 4.18-19) Meaning he states there was these two departing roads and he choose the one that was not traveled as much. Finally, “And that has made all the difference” (Frost, 4.20). By choosing the less traveled road truly changed his life.
“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 Taken” 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 where we all looked back at the choices we made and thought how things could have been different if we took the other route. Life is all about the choices we have made and that is what makes us so different. These are just a couple of ways Robert Frost’s poem has affected us in life.
Therefore, the ideas and the form along with the logic and how the poem affected the reader has been determined to be a new criticism approach. “The Road Not Taken” is a poem that can be used to express how you feel about choices in life. This poem can make all the difference to some people base on the meaning or the interpretation of the readers ideas and form.