I need help with poem called the road not taken? I have to explain and i need about 125 words. Can someone help me
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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 marked 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.
If so, you can talk about how Robert Frost is talking about how he made perhaps a bad decision, (Last stanza) and he is regretting it. You can talk about sometime you "took the road less traveled by" and regret it. Also you can quote the poem and analyze the quote. Like so:
In line 1 of stanza 4 Frost says "I shall be telling this with a sigh" showing his regret of his decision.
Bam, thats twenty words already!
I got that poem from: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/ I do not own it.
(1.) Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
There are these two roads. They split. (One goes one way, the other goes a different way.) This happens in a yellow wood, ie, it is autmn when the green leaves turn yellow.
(2.) And sorry I could not travel both (3.)And be one traveler,
The narrarator regrets that he can't go down both roads, because then he'd have to split himself in two and that's impossible.
(4.) long I stood, and looked down one as far as I could (5.)To where it bent in the undergrowth;
He stands at the fork for a long time and examines one of the roads as far as he can. He can't see the end of the road because the road curves away from his line of vision.
(6.) Then took the other,
He takes the "Second Road" (the road that he didn't examine yet, but is going to characterize in the next few lines (ie lines 7 to 9.)
(7.) as just as fair,
This "Second Road" is just as good as the "First Road" that he looked at.
(8.) And having perhaps the better claim, (9.)Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
This "Second Road" may be more deserving of the narrator walking down it. Why? Well, there was grass on this "Second Road" and it seemed to be telling the narrator "I want you to walk on me."
(10.) Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same.
However in reality, both the "First Road" and "Second Road" were equally worn down by people walking down them. So line 9 says the ""Second Road" had grass and would like to be walked on, but line 10 says that grassy "Second Road" was walked on as much as the first road. (so maybe the dirt/pavement on "Second Road" was equally packed down as road one, but "Second Road" had hardy grass growing on it and was a glutton for punishment?)
(11.) And both that morning equally lay (12.)In leaves no step had trodden black.
Both roads were equally NOT walked on that morning. (The yellow leaves on the ground weren't crushed by people walking on them, breaking them up, causing them to decompose.)
(13.) Oh, I kept the first for another day!
He decided to save traveling on the "First Road" (the one he examined to where it bent) for another day [in the future].
(14.) Yet knowing how way leads on to way, (15.)I doubted if I should ever come back.
But he suspects that he'll never follow through on that decisiion. Once he takes the second road, that road will lead to another fork and he'l have to neglect another possible path choice. Hence, because of all the future road choices he knows he'll encounter, he thinks he's unlikely to ever come back and discover what this first road is like.
(16.) I shall be telling this with a sigh (17.)Somewhere ages and ages hence:
When he's much older, he will reminisce about this decision he is making. He'll do it with a sigh (of satisfaction? wistfulness? Regret? All of the above?)
(18.) Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- (19.)I took the one less traveled by,
He will say there were these two diverging roads and he took the less traveled one
(20.) And that has made all the difference.
Taking the less traveled road really changed his life. (For good? For bad? Neither good or bad, just different?)