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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Man and the Natural World Theme

Throughout "The Road Not Taken," nature is used as a metaphor for the life of the speaker. The speaker contextualizes a major decision by writing about it as if it were something he encountered while walking in a forest in the fall. This metaphor helps us wrap our minds around the complexities of a choice that will decide his future.

Questions About Man and the Natural World

  1. Why do you think this poem takes place in autumn?
  2. What do you think the roads in this poem look like?
  3. What is the effect of this poem taking place in a forest?
  4. If you had to create a metaphor about one of your major life decisions, where would your setting be?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The speaker would prefer to take a path that would keep him closer to nature, and farther away from other people.

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