The road not taken

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Q.1. Complete the web showing choices and decisions you may have to make in the next few years and the factors that affect these choices.


Share your choices and decisions with your partner.

Ans. This question, too, is highly subjective. Choices and decisions depend on one’s priorities. A possible way out is given below along with an explanatory note.


Explanatory Note : First of all, the choice of career will have to be made. The importance of money in today’s world cannot be ignore. Here, the determining factor will be whether one wants money to a mass material possessions or just to meet one’s physical needs and live a comfortable life.Then comes the choice of marriage. Here one’s concept of a life partner will be the deciding factor. After marriage, one has to decide how many children one would like to have. This decision, again, depends upon one’s concept of a happy family.

 

Q. 2. List common dilemmas that teenagers face involving the choice of one or more “roads.” Give examples of “roads” that you must travel (e.g., facing peer pressure, choosing friends, observing school and parent’s rules, acting on your own values).

Ans. At home, at school and in life, teenagers might face varied suggestions involving the choice of one or more “roads”. The common dilemmas could be :
(i) The elderly person might press a teenage to do certain things that he/she may not like to do.
(ii) They might interface in choosing his/her friends.
(iii) They might impose their options while he/she is choosing a line to go in.
(iv) A teenager is under the pressure of the family in the choice of study, the institution to join, what to eat, which TV programmes to watch an so on.
(v) So much so, a teenagers is no even free to think his/her own values.

 

Q. 3. (a) Listen to a recording of the poem.
What choice di the poet have to make ?

Ans. The poet had to make a choice between the two roads as he did not know which one road he should select.
(b) Did he regrest his choice ? Why/Why not ?
Ans. The poet did regret his choice. He took the road which had been ‘travelled less’ and kept the other road for some other time. He too did not know that he would come back or not. Almost he was taking risk.

 

Q. 4. Answer the following questions :
(i) Describe the two roads that the author finds.

Ans. The The two roads that the author found were covered with yellow leaves and bushes. They diverged in two different directions. One went in the undergrowth after a little distance and disappeared from the view. The other was grassy. Fewer people seemed to have traveled by both the roads. The roads should equal signs of use and war.

 

(ii) Which road does the speaker choose ?

Ans. The speaker chooses the sound road which had been less travelled by and which was grassy.

 

(iii) Which road would you choose ? Why ?

Ans. I would choose the road which had been traveled by fewer people because it offered adventure that is would be more smooth. Life would become dull and insipid if there were no risks and adventures in life.

 

(iv) Does the speaker seem happy about his decision ?

Ans. The speaker does not seem to be happy about his decision because he is mournfully expectant of the road he has not taken. This is evident from the saying ‘this has made all the differnece’.

 

(v) The poet says ‘I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.’’ What is ‘the difference’ that the poet mentioned ?

Ans. ‘The difference’ that the poet refers to be is the difference between a poet and a successful man of the world. The poet’s way of life is entirely different from the rest of commoin humans.

Q. 5. Fill in the blanks to complete the following paragraph that deals with the theme of the poem. Use the words given in the box below :
The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is about the _____ that one makes in life. It tells about a man who comes to a _____ in the road he is travelling upon. He feels _____ that he cannot travel _____ paths as he must choose one. Frost uses this fork in the road to represent a point in the man’s life where he has to choose the _____ he wishes to take in life. As he thinks about his _____ he looks down one path as far as he can see trying to _____ what life will be life if he walks that path. He than gazes at the other _____ and decides the outcome of going down that patch would be just as _____ . At this point he concludes that the trail that has been less travelled on would be more _____ when he reaches the end of it. The man then decides that he will save the other path for another day, even though he knows that one path leads to another and that he won’t get a _____ to go back. The man then says that he will be telling this story with a “sigh” somebody in the future suggesting that he will _____ what life would have been like if he had chosen the more walked path even though the path of chose has made at difference.

decision
pleasant
rewarding

sorry
direction
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foresee
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Ans. The poem “The Read Not Taken” by Robert Frost is about the choices that one makes in life. It tells about a man who comes to a fork in the road he is travelling upon. He feels sorry that he cannot travel both paths as he must choose one. Frost uses this fork in the road to represent a point in the man’s life where he has to choose the trail he wishes to take in life. As he thinks about his decision he looks down one path as far as he can see trying to foresee what life will be life if he walks that path. He than gazes at the other direction and decides the outcome of going down the patch would be just as peasant. As this point he concludes that the trail that has been less travelled on would be more rewarding when he reaches the end of it. The man then decides that he will save the other path for another day, even though he knows that one path leads to another and that he won’t get a chance to go back. The man then says that he will be telling this story with a “sigh” somebody in the future suggesting that he will wonder that life would have been like if he had chosen the more walked path even though the path he chose has made at the difference.
Q. 6. Roads have long fascinated mankind, whether as metaphors for life, change journeys, partings, adventure, etc. or simply as roads. This is probably why they, and all their attendant images, have permeated art, literature and song. In the poem Frost uses the fork in the road as a metaphor for the choices we make in life. Thus the roads are, in fact, two alternative ways of life. What other nouns could be used to represent life ?

* River * _____________
* _____________ * _____________
* _____________  

 

Ans. * fair * plant
* spring * dream.




Q.7. The Road Not Taken is a biographical poem. Therefore, some personal biographical information is relevant to the deeper understanding of the poem we have read. Go to www.encarta.com and complete the following worksheet about Robert Frost.
(a) What ‘‘momentous decision’’ was made by Frost in 1912 ?

Ans. The ‘‘momentous decision’’ Frost made in 1912 was to leave USA and emigrate to England.

(b) How old was he when he had to make this decision ? _____

Ans. Frost was young when he made this decision

 

(c) Why was it so difficult to make this dicision ? Think and give more than one reason.

Ans. It was difficult to make this decision because he loved his country. He knew from his experience as a poet in U.S.A. that he profession of a poet was not rewarding. He was not sure how the people in England would reponse his poetry. That is he sell whatever he had in U.S.A. So his decision to migrate to England was sure his recognition.

 

(d) Do you think he wrote ‘‘The Road Not Taken’’ before sailing from the USA to England or after?

Ans. We think he wrote ‘‘The Road Not Taken’’ after sailing from the USA to England.

 

(e) Can you quote a line or two from the poem that can support your answer ?

Ans. The following lines support the view that Frost wrote the poem after he had sailed for England.
‘I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.’

(f) Do you think Frost finally became the popular in America as a poet ?

Ans. Yes, Frost finally became the most popular poet in America. In 1950 the U.S. Senate congratulated him on his seventy-fifth birthday in appreciation of his being popular poet. He was awarded the Pulitzer price for poetry four times.