Poetry Response - The Road Not Taken

Poetry Response - The Road Not Taken - Wendy Candler 4 th...

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Unformatted text preview: Wendy Candler 11/9/07 4 th per “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost When I first encountered this poem in middle school and was forced to memorize it, I was told that “The Road Not Taken” was about how an individual should not choose the path in life taken by everyone else simply because it is the easiest or most convenient. But now, years later, when I read through the same poem this interpretation somehow seems flawed as subtle words and even entire lines contradict the inspirational message an inexperienced reader may claim it possesses. Those who skim through the poem without paying close attention to the wording may latch onto the clichéd metaphor of a fork in the road and the lines “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” to automatically assume that the speaker is rebelling against the choices of others in favor of being independent and therefore benefiting in the long run. But this “difference” is not identified as either positive or negative, and the “sigh” the long run....
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