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Class 9 English Poem The Road not taken

Class 9 English Poem The Road not taken

 

1. Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?
The traveler finds himself at a point where two roads diverge in a yellow wood. The problem he faces is that he cannot travel both roads and must make a decision on which path to take.

 

2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you.

(i) a yellow wood
“A yellow wood” refers to the color of the foliage in the forest, representing autumn or change.

 

(ii) it was grassy and wanted wear
“It was grassy and wanted wear” implies that the second road appeared less traveled and untouched.

 

(iii) the passing there
“The passing there” refers to the act of people walking on the road, indicating that both roads had been traveled .

 

(iv) leaves no step had trodden black
“Leaves no step had trodden black” signifies that neither road had been heavily traversed, as there were no footprints or signs of wear on the leaves covering the path.

 

(v) how way leads on to way
“How way leads on to way” suggests that one choice in life leads to subsequent choices, and once a path is chosen, it influences future decisions and opportunities.

 

3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them

(i) in stanzas two and three?
The two roads are described relatively similarly in verses two and three. However, the second road looks more different or unconventional than the first road, which looks less travelled.

(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?
In the last two lines of the poem, there is no explicit difference mentioned between the two roads. The emphasis shifts to the speaker’s personal choice of taking the road less traveled, indicating that this decision has made a significant impact on the speaker’s life.

 

4. What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?)
The last two lines of the poem suggest that the poet, looking back on his chosen path, takes pride in having taken the road less traveled. The phrase “And that has made all the difference” indicates a sense of satisfaction or contentment with the choice made. The poet does not express regret but rather implies that the chosen path, despite its challenges, has shaped his life in a meaningful way and set him apart from others.

 

Class 9 English Poem The Road not taken extra que ans

 

Q: What is the significance of the two roads diverging in a yellow wood?
A: The two roads symbolize different paths or choices in life that the speaker must decide between.

 

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