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“The Road Not Taken” by Rovert Frost : 歩むもののない道, ロバート・フロスト [literature]




The road not taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

(Robert Frost, 1916)


If you were facing the two opportunities that have to be decided which to choose, how would you make your decision for them? You might want to take the one that seems easier for you to take because some people already had taken, or the one that would be tough for you because no one would not be willing to take. Comparing the two paths with a logical way much considering which one would may make more money might help you only in business situation, however in your life that kind of things would not work out at all. There is no objective way to value your decision in your life.

Rovert Frost makes me realize that every moment to make a decision in life is going to change the future. In the poem, after carefully considering both paths, he chooses the grassy one that seems no one had taken. After the choice he makes, in his mind, little bit of anxious remains while he is vaguely aware that he may never be able to go back to retake another one.

However, at the end of the line, the difference of the choice he made shows his confidence since he knows there is no way to compare how another result he did not choose would have been, which implies life is given only once for anyone. After the choice, all you can do is not to see the past behind you but to dedicate everything in front of you for your future as the time you spend in your best finally makes you perfectly decisive on what you did, just like Robert Frost in this poem. 


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