However, it is only ones past, present and the attitude with which he or she looks upon the future that determines the shade of light in which the poem will be seen.
There is never a straight path for one to follow on life's journey. By using two paths in which to choose from, Frost leaves one to realize that everyone must travel and will reach a point of decision. In knowing that each one may be influenced in many directions, Frost clearly implies 'And be one traveler, long I stood. No matter how each of us may be influenced by family or various sources, there is only one traveler that will be affected by any decision and there is quite a lengthy thought process involved. Regardless of any outside influence there is only one to be involved and truly affected, as does any choice in life.
Then as we close out the first stanza, we establish that yet one road has been looked down as far as possible. However, the use of the semicolon after undergrowth initiates a turn of the head to lead into the examination of the other road. Then he took the other, just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim. What seems to have made it such a better claim is that it was grassy and wanted wear. It was a road obviously not for everyone because it seemed that the majority of people took the other often traveled path. Therefore, Frost calls this the road less traveled by. The simple fact that the traveler chooses to take this path over the frequently chosen path, indicates the type of personality in the traveler. It shows that the individual is one to not particularly follow the crowd but sets him apart from the rest by doing something new and unique. It is often called the path of least resistance.
And both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black. The leaves had somewhat covered the ground and since the time they had fallen no one had yet to travel on this road. Perhaps Frost does this to show that each time a person comes to a point where they have to make a choice, it is new to them. It envisions that it is somewhere the traveler has never been. They may tend to feel as though possibly no one else had ever been there either. A modern phrase comes to mind in saying that it is human nature to have the want or desire to go where no man has ever gone before. (Oliver, 123-37)
The two roads in the poem, although, diverging, lead in different directions. At the beginning they appear to be somewhat similar, but it is apparent that miles away they will grow farther and farther away from each other. Similarly, too many choices faced in life. It is impossible to foresee the consequences of most major decisions we make and it is often necessary to make these decisions based on a little more than examining which choice wanted wear. In the end, we look back upon the choices we have made and like the narrator sigh, observing that they have made all the difference. In this poem, Robert Frost extensively uses many literary features that reflect his theme.
To "paint" a morbid and remorseful character in the poem to represent his sorrow and regret, Frost uses color words. The term "yellow wood", which is found in line one, is very suggestive about the atmosphere of the poem. Yellow wood here means that a forest is covered with yellow leaves. This is a phenomenon only seen during autumn, a time when the leaves have no more green and valor in them and start to die. This