Notes On The Road Not Taken - CBSE Class 9 Literature Reader 101 Communicative
One day while walking on foot in the yellow wood the poet reaches a junction where two roads diverge in the forest. He has to decide which road he should take. The poet feels sorry that he cannot travel both at the same time. He stands there for a long time looking at the road down as far as he can. He concludes the second road as a better choice because it looks less worn and appears less traveled by. Hence he decides to walk on the second road even though the first road also appears to be undisturbed for some time. He keeps the first road for some other day. Inside his heart he knows that one road will lead to another and he will go so far from the first road that he will never come to the same fork again to take the first one. In the concluding stanza, the poet becomes philosophical as he talks about a future time when he looks back at the choice that he has made and its consequence. The poet does not seem to be very happy with his choice and prepares himself to face all outcomes that this decision might lead to. It reveals the poet likes adventures and ready to take risk in life. He has always been tempted to take the path not generally followed by others and this choice has made all the difference in his life.

Summary

One day while walking on foot in the yellow wood the poet reaches a junction where two roads diverge in the forest. He has to decide which road he should take. The poet feels sorry that he cannot travel both at the same time. He stands there for a long time looking at the road down as far as he can. He concludes the second road as a better choice because it looks less worn and appears less traveled by. Hence he decides to walk on the second road even though the first road also appears to be undisturbed for some time. He keeps the first road for some other day. Inside his heart he knows that one road will lead to another and he will go so far from the first road that he will never come to the same fork again to take the first one. In the concluding stanza, the poet becomes philosophical as he talks about a future time when he looks back at the choice that he has made and its consequence. The poet does not seem to be very happy with his choice and prepares himself to face all outcomes that this decision might lead to. It reveals the poet likes adventures and ready to take risk in life. He has always been tempted to take the path not generally followed by others and this choice has made all the difference in his life.
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