A Study of Regret in “The Road Not Taken”


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A Study of Regret in "The Road Not Taken"
Though often trumpeted as a call for living life outside the box or eschewing attitudes that might be considered conformist, Robert Frost's “The Road Not Taken” has notably dark undertones that seem to belie what could be perceived on the surface as a positive message. This can be seen both contextually and within the construction of the poem itself, in particularly what appears to be a chronological shift at the end, thus throwing off a casual reader, which is in reality the narrator preparing to delude himself over the significance of the choice he has just made. Thus, the meter and tone suggest a lightness of subject matter, but there is a subtext, as well as visual clues, that hints toward...
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.....ng it is not difficult to see the logic behind it. He had no reason to be unduly prideful concerning his decisions in life, as he had spent his entire adult life on the move, barely making ends meet, and with considerable difficulty supporting his family (Britannica). Recognition as an artist still lay over the horizon, a future Frost may yet have been referring to with the mention of how he'll tell this same story in the future – and considering how most people perceive the morale of the poem, this turned out to be highly prophetic.
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"Robert Frost." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2011. Web. 08 Dec. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/220895/Robert-Frost>.