The Road Not Taken


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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 doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
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  1. What does diverged mean as used in the first line?

  2. What did the narrator do when he was confronted with a situation in the first stanza?

  3. What kind of a road was the second one?

  4. What does this line mean. " in leaves no step had trodden black"?

  5. What did the man decide to do finally?


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. How relatable is the poem for you?

  2. Have you come across some crossroads in your life? What did you do then?

  3. Why is it important to make choices in life?


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