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User avatar #119 to #54 - yojo ONLINE (12/14/2012) [-]
We analyzed the **** out of this poem in my AP English class, and pretty much everyone agrees with anon's comment.
#108 to #54 - adammorgan (12/14/2012) [-]
I don't exactly like the pictures either, but you gotta realize these two paths are almost exactly the same! When he describes one, he contradicts the other.he's trying to say that there isn't one set path to happiness. That there is no true way to find joy no matter where their choices take them. Comment #56 said this as well.
#98 to #54 - brandonthebeast (12/14/2012) [-]
Your interpretation is limited to high school literature class, where both students and teachers frequently misinterpret the poem. Many incorrectly see it as an emblem of America's individualist spirit of adventure in choosing the path "less traveled by". But if you look at the narrator's perception during his moment of choice, whatever difference the choice might have made, it was not made on the basis of a discerned difference between the two paths that he could see. Indeed he even notes that the two paths were equally worn and equally leaf-covered, and it is only in his future recollection that he will call one of the two roads, the one he took, "less traveled by." Thus the poem is about the human tendency to look back and attribute blame to minor events in one's life, or to make more meaning of things than they deserve, which the illustrator has adequately captured in portraying the fact that no matter what path you take, you'll essentially end up the same.

And not to be arrogant, but this modern critical interpretation is almost undeniably correct. Robert Frost himself even wrote in a letter that "It was my rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life." In the words of Eleanor Sickels, the poem is about "the human tendency to wobble illogically in decision and later to assume that the decision was, after all, logical and enormously important, but forever to tell of it 'with a sigh' as depriving the speaker of who-knows-what interesting experience." So no, it's not telling people to live life to the fullest by choosing a more unique path, it's satire performed with brilliant irony. Sorry for the rant, but I don't very much appreciate ignorance being spread around and accepted.

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User avatar #88 to #54 - pawnman (12/14/2012) [-]
I thought it would be better to take what you want from poems and songs. As long as you enjoyed it.
User avatar #85 to #54 - hybredmoon (12/14/2012) [-]
What the author wrote: "The curtains were blue."

What you think it means: The curtains represent his deep sense of despair and lack of will to carry on.

What the author meant: The curtains were ******* blue.
User avatar #96 to #85 - sorrowofdaedalus (12/14/2012) [-]
Believe it or not, Symbolism is actually a thing, and Robert Frost used it all the time.
#84 to #54 - Rascal (12/14/2012) [-]
You shouldn't only consider what the author meant by the poem; you should consider what YOU think it means. Only then will you truly understand poetry.
#78 to #54 - Rascal (12/14/2012) [-]
The fact that this has more green than red proves fj community is full of idiots. Frost himself has said this is a wrong interpretation. You don't even have to read in between the lines to know the meaning of the poem. "the other, just as fair." both roads are the same, yet when we look back, we like to imagine it was the path less traveled.

If you really want to think about it, it's actually the path most traveled by because you went down it and not the other one. All of those paths you did not take, remain forever unworn.
#65 to #54 - Rascal (12/14/2012) [-]
Actually, you're the one who's wrong. The poem does not tell anyone to take the less traveled road (which doesn't actually exist: "had worn them really about the same"). The message is actually that there is no right path; there aren't right choices, just the chosen and unchosen options.
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#83 to #68 - Forfunaccount (12/14/2012) [-]
The isn't a "correct" analysis to a poem.
These Zenpencils aren't to show the story of the poem, they're to influence people to do great things.
But you said the comic is saying that we do end up in the same place, but the only same thing in the end is the person. You take either path, you grow old, no matter what. But the blue path leads to a life of riches, as indicated by how rich the man seems to be in the end compared to the red path. The red path leads to adventure, which wouldn't get you much money, which is why he's only wearing casual clothing and sitting in a typical chair. So the comic is saying you'll grow old, but with different thoughts, and material goods depending on the path.
Just open your mind a little. No need to make a huge deal over the fact that the comic doesn't match the poem the way you want it to. These comics are for inspiration, not for poem and quote analysis.
User avatar #75 to #68 - koi (12/14/2012) [-]
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