NCERT Solutions for Class 9th: Ch 7 The Road Not Taken Literature Reader English
(i) the tough choices people make the road of life
(iii) branched off
(iii) hesitation and thoughtfulness
One road was a beaten track. Many people had walked on it. It was lost in the small shrubs. The other road was grassy and unspoiled.
because I want to judge myself test myself and check my capability. I like adventure and would want to explore new facts. I am always enthusiastic for venturing into something absolutely new, uncommon and unknown to the rest of the world.
There is a certain ambiguity here. The speaker seems happy and satisfied when he says - “And that has made all the difference.” However, the sigh just before this makes us question his happiness.
The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is about the choices that one makes in life. It tells about a man who comes to a fork in the road he is travelling upon. He feels sorry that he cannot travelboth paths as he must choose one. Frost uses this fork in the road to represent a point in the man’s life where he has to choose the direction he wishes to take in life. As he thinks about his decision he looks down one path as far as he can see trying to foresee what life will be like if he walks that path. He then gazes at the other trail and decides the outcome of going down that path would be just aspleasant. At this point he concludes that the trail that has been less travelled on would be morerewarding when he reaches the end of it. The man then decides that he will save the other path for another day, even though he knows that one path leads to another and that he won’t get a chance to go back. The man then says that he will be telling this story with a “sigh” someday in the future suggesting that he will wonder what life would have been like if he had chosen the more walked path even though the path he chose has made all the difference.
a) In 1912 Frost sailed with his family to Great Britain. This decision is considered as "momentous decision" made by Robert Frost. Before this, Frost was a failing New Hampshire farmer as well as a part-time poet. This was the year when Frost give up farming and started his career as poet. The family moved to Great Britain, where Frost met many other poets and successfully set his career on the path to immortality.
b) Robert Frost was 42 when this poem published. However, we cannot assume that this poem is actually autobiographical. Frost created his speaker for the poem to speak on his behalf. We can guess the age of the speaker based on the evidence given in the poem. The only clue we have to the speaker’s age are the words “ages and ages hence.” This implies that he will be considering the effects of his decision far down the road years into the future. So we would expect him to be a relatively young man at the time of the decision.
c) He was going to another country where he had no contact. Also, he give up his traditional occupation. If he fails in his poetic career then it is very hard for him to survive. Therefore, the decision was so difficult.
d) The poem didn't make it clear whether the road was difficult or not. We have only knew about the condition of the road is that it “was grassy and wanted wear.” That just means that it was not a frequently traveled road; it doesn’t tell us how difficult it was.
e) The poem is written after sailing from the USA to England. We can understood through his line "...and that has made all the difference" which means Frost had traveled the road which changed his life.