From a generalized perspective, the poem is made of four stanzas and each of these stanzas have five lines each. In between each line, there are eight to ten syllables. It has an iambic rhythm. The line in each of these stanzas has “ABAAB” pattern. The innate popularity of the poem lies in the result of the simplicity of the symbolism. The speaker must choose a pathway in the woods. This seems to be the choice of the metaphor for choosing between the directions that life provides. Each direction has its own benefits and limitation. It is human tendency to wonder if the other path was rosy or if it had more hurdles. This emotion is the underlying theme and the ambiguity of human emotions are probed in this analysis.
Frost had deliberately written the poem from a first-person angle. This fundamentally raises the question as to who the speaker or the person is describing. The character created is for this poem. The confusion in the minds of the people while taking a decision has been discussed from a personal standpoint. It is not clear if Frost was describing himself or probed into the general human tendency after making a particular decision. This is evident in the inception of the poem and in the lines
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood”
This is a simple poem that has many kinds of interpretation as to how the speaker feels about the situation. The different emotions that a person feels before taking a particular decision have been probed in the following.
The poem starts with a conundrum. A portrayal of the imagery is evident in the first line. The speaker discusses about a fork in the road.
“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.”
This shifts the conversation to the notions of choice and the path that a person has to take. The images of the yellow road are vividly etched in the minds of the reader. It also evokes a sentiment that the nature and life are a fleeting sense of seasons. Between the 2nd and the 4th lines, a discussion of the thought process and the desire to make choices is detailed. There is a wishful thinking and the tone is regretful. A number of important factors needs to be factored in this paradigm. The act of looking down without a sense of anticipation. The preview is blocked by the undergrowth. It is evident that wistful regret that is evident that the author could not take both the paths to head into a particular direction. The poet takes a pause about which direction to choose.