The Road Not Taken


1. Discuss the significance of the title ‘The Road Not Taken’.

Ans. Nobody is happy with what he is. There is always the feeling of being somebody. The poem depicts the feeling of regret. After making a choice, he was plagued with the idea of not making the other choice. He regrets not adopting the other road

2. Describe the two roads that the author finds. Which road does he choose?

Ans: One day the poet comes at the forked road and needs to decide which road he should take to continue his journey. One road was trodden black. Many people had walked on it. The other road was grassy and seemed less trodden. It included a lot of risk. The poet chooses the second road. The poet is being individualistic who likes to different from others.

3. What was the poet’s dilemma in the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’?

Ans: The poet faces a dilemma that every man faces in his life, i.e. making a right decision. Everyone reaches to a place where he or she has to make decisions of life. One day the poet comes at the forked road which was conffusive. He was unable to make decision between the two roads. The first road was tempting because it was a beaten track whereas the second road was grassy.

4. Why did the poet keep the first road for another day?

Ans: The choice includes contradiction. The poet knew that way leads to another way in spite of this he says that he kept the first for another day. He knew that he would never be able to restart his journey. He examines both the roads and finds the other road less travelled. He didn’t want to follow a beaten track and decides to take the other road and keep the first road for some other day. But somewhere in his mind, he is troubled with the thought that he may not be able to do so.

5. “I took the one less travelled by.” What do we come to know about the poet from this line?

Ans: This line reveals the adventurous nature of the poet because when he had to take a decision of making a choice, he did not take the beaten track. He chooses the path which is not frequented. He decides to leave the first road for some other day knowing fully well that he will not get a chance to go back to it.

6. Bring out the irony used in this poem.

Ans: The first irony comes when he has to make choice. He chooses the second road as it was grassy and needed trodden. Although he says “Though as for that the passing there/ Had worn them really about the same” created illusion of being different but both roads were same.

Second: He kept the first road for another day. He knew that he would not be able to restart still he keeps the first for another day.

Third: He regrets his own decision of the choice.

7. Which road does the speaker choose? Why?

The poet chose the road which was grassy and less travelled. He is reluctant of following the traditional road. He is governed by his individualistic thought. He is adventurous.

8. What does the poet promise himself, though he can’t keep his promise

The poet promises to keep the first road for another day although he knew how road leads to another road. He is unable to keep his promise because life does not give second chance to restart our life with the same vigour and age.

9. Does the speaker seem happy about his decision? or Was the poet satisfied with his decision of choosing the second road? Why/why not?

The poet is not happy. It is clearly indicated by the line “and I shall telling this with a sigh…..” the poet regrets his choice. If only he and chosen the other road his life might have been different.

10. justify the title ‘The Road Not Taken’.

The title of the poem is very apt and suitable because he talks about the road which was not traveled. The title is metaphorically used for the road which shows dilemma of life. Life is full of surprises that we come to know as we live our life.

11. Does the title of the poem seem to oppose the content of the poem? How?

The poem “The Road not Taken” does not talk about the road which he did not take. On the contrary he regrets of the road which he chose. So we can say that the title of the poem is oppose to the content of the poem.

12. Which road would you choose and why?

Everyone is faced with the same question in life. Usually we are afraid to face risk in life. We follow the road shown by our parents because it safe and well-trodden. I could have also chosen the well-trodden road. But the real happiness comes when we choose our way of life rather than following others.

13 Write a note on the poet’s style in the poem.

The poem is in narrative form. The poet uses many poetic devices like symbolism, imagery, alliteration, repletion, personification and metaphor. The title of the poem itself is misinterpreted.