When two roads diverge in a lonely wood.

The thought of two roads diverging in a lonely wood enters the realm of the profound. This is because of the metaphorical significance of these lines; the couplet by Robert Frost is loaded with deep meaning.

For the longest time, when I read Frost’s lines:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

it evoked a feeling that I should be different, and do something different. And yet everyday, I become more convinced about the irony which these lines represent.

The fact that Frost finds himself in a lonely wood has already made all the difference. The only witness to that moment, represented in the weather, the trees and the path itself, is Frost. Even if hypothetically, people have trodden down one path more frequently than another, in Frost’s view of the world, both these paths are brand new. And therefore both the paths which lay before Frost represent a journey which would have been one which only Frost would have experienced. The act of choice is one therefore which is made out of compulsion, because time creases all our foreheads. There seems to be no ‘right’ path, and it does not really matter which one was traveled on more often. And thus, while the choice makes all the difference in one view of the world, it make no difference which choice one makes, because each represents a different and a unique journey, the destination of which cannot be predicted.

2 thoughts on “When two roads diverge in a lonely wood.

  1. Frost took the wrong path…

    ‘I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:’

    he took the one ‘less traveled’…

    the lonely one.


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