The Road Not Taken
It may not be the “cool” thing for me to admit this to you, but I am an old soul that enjoys reading poetry. One of my favorites is:
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;
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.
This poem has been referred to in speeches, recited at graduations, shared as guidance for those struggling with life choices, and even quoted when citing scriptures to reflect upon one’s faith. Although The Road Not Taken is secular literature, I find that it has biblical metaphors present.
One that comes to mind is Matthew 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” Matthew 7:14 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
The strait gate, we are told is not easy, that it is narrow and is the more difficult gate to enter. However, it will lead you to eternal happiness. In contrast, the wide gate is the easier path, the broader path, the one most often traveled but it will lead to destruction.
What biblical metaphors have you discovered in this poem or any other of your favorite poems?