9 English Chapter 1 Road Not Taken

Chapter Notes and Summary
Stanzawise Explanation
Stanza 1
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in undergrowth.
Explanation poet has come to a forest in autumn season when leaves have turned yellow. poet reaches a point where two roads separated into two directions. roads symbolise two ways of life. poet, as a traveller, knew that he had to make a choice as he cannot travel both roads at same time. So, he stood there for a long time and looked down on both roads. poet looked at first road and found that it has a bent which was covered with small plants and bushes. Just like poet, we also take decisions and make choices everyday. Thus, we must analyse situation to make correct choice.
Stanza 2
Then took other, just as fair, And having perhaps better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that passing there Had worn them really about same.
Explanation poet looked at other road and decided to travel by it. According to him this road seemed better and more impressive as it was covered with grass. It was not walked over by many people. However, as poet walked on road for some distance he realised that both roads have been walked over equally.
Stanza 3
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
Explanation poet now says that both roads were similar on that morning as no one has travelled on any of roads. leaves were still green and fresh as they have not been crushed by anyone while walking. poet decides to travel second road and kept first one for some other day. However, poet had a doubt if he could ever come back again to walk on first road. As poet knew that one way leads to another will coming back becomes impossible. He knew would not be able to come back to change his choice.
Stanza 4
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence; Two roads diverged in a wood and I took one less travelled by, And that has made all difference.
Explanation In these lines, poet talks about consequences of choice. poet states that sometime in future, he would remember day he made choice. He would be telling about his decision with a sigh either with relief or regret (relief of making right choice or regret of making wrong choice). He would tell that from two roads that went into forest, he took less travelled one and choice had made a significant impact on his life. Where he stands today is impact of his decision that he made years ago.

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