My response to “The Road Not Taken”

 “The Road Not Taken” is a poem written by Robert Frost in which he symbolizes his life as a road.  He encounters a road that is divided like a fork while walking in a forest during the fall. Moreover, he is in dilemma of choosing which way to travel.  He examines one of those as far as possible and chooses the next one. The road he chooses is full of challenges and needs to be explored. In the beginning he thinks he would choose the next one some other day, but the road never seemed to end.  He could never return back at the same point and again choose the next one. However, someday in life he also knows he would be relieved of choosing the right path which would make the difference in his life. This poem teaches us to be observant and to choose the correct path among the various paths life sets in our way.

The poem felt very connected to me as I have also had some difficult times choosing the correct way or option in my life. One of those decisions was to come to AUW which I am sure I will never regret. Before coming to this university I had been doing Bachelors second year in my own hometown. When I got selected, many of my relatives and friends suggested me not to come here as I was already going to finish my bachelors in next few years. However, I chose to come here although I knew that this way would be full of challenges. Now, I am also sure like the poet that the new challenges and struggles I will have to face here will make my life different.

Thus, there are many options in our life and it is obvious to be confused. We should be able to choose the correct one and move forward. Once we choose to travel in one way, we cannot return back and again choose the next one. So, we should be careful and observant while taking decisions and choose the way which we will not regret in future.

Digya Shrestha



Like the persona in the poem, “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost, I too have once faced a great perplexity. In the poem, the speaker stands on a fork in a road being confused which path to take. He takes his time to decide as he knows it is highly unlikely to return to the initial point. Finally, he chooses the latter one, which seems to be rarely used. This is what I did to overcome my dilemma.
After I accomplished my secondary level education, all I wanted was a full scholarship for my higher secondary education. I tried in three colleges including St. Xavier’s College. However, I could not get into St. Xavier’s College. Nevertheless, I succeeded in getting full scholarship in two of the remaining colleges, which put me in a dilemma. One college was in my hometown, and the other, in another district of my country. I was bewildered which one to choose as both the colleges are well renowned.
Firstly, I thought of choosing the college near to my home, that is, Bernhardt College, because it was convenient for me to go to from my home, and also I could stay with my family. Moreover, some of my friends were also planning to join that college. Furthermore, I thought that people from various parts of the country came to the capital city for their education, so I might seem to be absurd if I went to another district from the capital city for my education. Therefore, I had already made my mind up to join Bernhardt College.
However, as the time of enrollment came nearer, I again thought deeply about the issue so that I do not have to regret in the future. Eventually, I made a decision that is just the opposite of the former one – I decided to join Notre Dame Higher Secondary School. While I was thinking, I do not know why I happened to think that I should have an experience of being away from my family. Besides, I thought that as it is an internationally recognized college, it would be easier for my higher education and for my career. Hence, I decided to choose a very uncommon alternative, which a very few people choose. Thus, I gained an experience of staying in a hostel for a couple of years. Now, I am very happy that I chose the right high school.

The Road Not Taken

In the poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the speaker is in dilemma on choosing a right road to travel. He has two alternatives, but does not know where they would lead. He is in confusion and finally makes up his mind to choose a road which had been walked by some others. He thinks that if he had chosen another way, he would have felt the same. Anyhow, he keeps the other way to travel the next day, but he is uncertain whether he would be back again or not. He says that in the future when he will talk about this dilemma, he would start with a sigh. He himself does not know whether the sigh would be for expressing happiness that changed his life or it would be for dissatisfaction for choosing the wrong way. As he has not traveled the road yet, it is unknown to him that the road will be beneficial for him or not.

According to the poem, there can be many alternatives to choose for a person. It is always hard to make decision on choosing the right path because we don’t know whether the path would be effective or not. Similarly, without choosing a specific path, it is difficult to judge if the path is a perfect choice or not. Therefore, all of us encounter with such dilemma in our lives. It’s us who have to fix it and it is prudent that those who later hit upon success are the lucky ones; whereas, those who would find no gain would have to turn their way back. It does not sound easy; however, it is a reality that it is impossible to choose two different paths at a same time.

When I read the poem, I realized whether the path that I have chosen is right for me or not. I had many alternatives, but had no specific ambition. My parents wanted me to choose a specific field for my further studies; whereas, my friends suggested me for the other. I was in the same dilemma as the speaker in the poem. At last I chose the path that I had never thought about before. I still don’t know if the path I have chosen will encounter me with success that everyone is running after, but I’m sure that I’ll not forfeit. However, I would of course look for something else later if I am able to find the field that I’m interested in. I guess there will come a time, in my future as well when I would tell about my dilemma to the others with a sigh. Like the speaker, I have to find out whether the sigh would be for satisfaction or dissatisfaction because I’m still on the way.