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  • 1. The Road not Taken Robert Lee Frost March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963
  • 2.  
  • 3. 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; 5
  • 4.
    • 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, 10  
  • 5.
    • 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. 15
  • 6.
    • 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 . 20
  • 7.  
  • 8. to diverge להתפצל
  • 9. to doubt להטיל ספק
  • 10. hence הרחק מכאן
  • 11. sigh אנחה
  • 12. undergrowth סבך שיחים
  • 13. to diverge
  • 14. to doubt
  • 15. hence
  • 16. sigh
  • 17. undergrowth
  • 18.  
  • 19.  
  • 20.  
  • 21.  
  • 22.  
  • 23. to diverge
  • 24. to doubt
  • 25. hence
  • 26. sigh
  • 27. undergrowth
  • 28. yellow wood leaves turn yellow in autumn fair beautiful claim argument grassy and wanted wear overgrown and unused the passing there the number of people who had taken that road no step had trodden back stepping on leaves they turn black ages and ages a very long time
  • 29. How do we go about breaking the poetic code ?
    • By Looking at Robert Frost’s choice of words we get a clue as to what the poet is saying.
  • 30.
    • Two road s 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 bett er 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 road s diverged in a wood, and I—
    • I took the one less traveled by,
    • And that has made all the difference.  
  • 31. system of systems
    • one two
    • one person has two choices
  • 32.
    • travel /being a traveller
    • two roads diverge
    • a yellow wood
    •  
    • What are possible connotations of
    • travel –roads –wood ?
  • 33.
    • How does he reach his decision?
    • Which words evoke his emotions?
    • Was the decision difficult?
  • 34.
    • 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
  • 35.
    • 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.
  • 36.
    • Look at the words in red and try to find the common denominator, we can establish that the speaker spent some time trying to make up his mind (long I stood) and that he underwent a process of considering the pros and cons.
    • The decision was hard because there was really wasn't much to choose between the two roads. They both attracted him but the (later) "less travelled by" road was the one he chose.
  • 37. Universal Themes
    • Traveling –
    • The idea of man “traveling” through life which is a series of roads and crossroads.
    • People make decisions along the way which may be very difficult.
    • One can never see into the future (“the bend in the road” “the undergrowth”)
    • The decisions are irreversible (“way leads on to way…”)
  • 38. Robert Frost on his own poetry:
    • "One stanza of 'The Road Not Taken' was written while I was sitting on a sofa in the middle of England: Was found three or four years later, and I couldn't bear not to finish it. I wasn't thinking about myself there, but about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other. He was hard on himself that way."
    • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 23 Aug. 1953
  • 39.