May 3/16 Studying “The Road Not Taken” – Frost
In your group or in smaller pairs, work through the questions given below:
- Read the poem together
- Summarize the stanzas/find the poem’s literal meaning
- Identify the poem’s theme and purpose
- Analyze specifically the most famous line
“two roads diverged in a wood, and I / I took the one less traveled by” for meaning
- debate meaning – personal choice or destined fate
- Any other lines in the poem significant in hinting at meaning?
- Analyze Ford Commercial –
- summarize what is inferred by the commercial/ how does the commercial interpret the poem? Is it the same as your interpretation?
- Read the Article “The Most Misread Poem in America” (link below)
- What’s the error everyone makes in understanding this poem?
- What’s the poem’s true meaning? Do you see it/understand it? Were you correct in your own understanding?
- (Each) Write a blog post Comment reviewing what you’ve learned from studying this text and media. Formal paragraph writing
- After: View any 2 of the student videos representing the poem (below)
The Road not Taken – Robert Frost
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.
Article: The Most Misread Poem in America
Below are student video representations of the poem. If you have time after studying the poem and writing your comment below, you can watch the two videos and leave a second comment to this blog post explaining which you feel is a better representation of the poem. Be sure to support your answer with a specific reason.