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NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive - Poem - The Road Not Taken

NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Beehive - Poem - The Road Not Taken

Thinking about the Poem

I.

Q1. Where does the traveller find himself? What problems does he face?
Ans: The traveller finds himself in the yellow woods at a point where the road diverges into two. The problem that he faces is that he cannot decide which road to take to continue his journey since it is not possible for him to travel both roads at the same time.

Q2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you.

(a) A yellow wood
Ans: 
Yellowwood symbolizes the autumn season. Autumn corresponds with old age. The poet could be symbolically talking about the later stages of life.

(b) It was grassy and wanted wear
Ans: It conveys that the road was full of grass, and nobody had used that road. It was a smooth road that had not worn out.

(c) The passing there
Ans: The use of the path by passersby.

(d) Leaves no step had trodden black
Ans: The leaves had not changed their colour and turned black because of fewer people stepping on them. It could represent a path one may have never/seldom taken in life for the fear of uncertainty.

(e) How way leads on to way
Ans: This phrase means how certain decisions one makes in life could pave the way for many other decisions.


Q3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them
 (a) in stanzas two and three?
 (b) in the last two lines of the poem?

Ans:
(a) In stanza two, the poet explains that the only difference between the two roads was that the road he took had the right to be chosen (the better claim) because it was covered with grass and looked as if it had not been used too much. Besides this difference, both roads had been equally worn down by passersby travelling on them. In stanza three, the poet says that both the roads were equally covered with leaves and that no person had stepped on them.

(b) In the last two lines of the poem, the poet says that there is a difference between the two roads because he took the road that was less travelled by other people, and that made all the difference to his journey.

Q4. What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?
Ans: 

The last two lines of the poem mean the acceptance of reality. The poet made a choice and accepted the challenging path. He took an unexplored path in his life. He wanted to do something different in his life, so he chose the less travelled road. No, he does not regret his choice.


II. 

Q1. Have you ever had to make a difficult choice (or do you think you will have difficult choices to make)? How will you make the choice (for what reasons)?
Ans: 

No, till now I have never been in a situation in which I had to make a difficult choice. Perhaps I am still too young to make an independent choice. 

But yes, I think later or sooner, I will have difficult choices to make. After completing my general education, I will have to make a choice of profession, whether I should become an engineer or doctor, or something else. I will have hundreds of options before me. Then it will be difficult to make a choice between them. I will make a choice according to my capabilities and strong points at that time. I will choose a path that gives me satisfaction and mental peace. I will not join the rat race for money. Like the poet in the poem, I will choose a challenging and unexplored path in my life.

Q2. After you have made a choice, do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality? 
Ans: 

Making a decision can significantly impact our future. Once I make a choice, I accept the consequences as my reality. Continually reevaluating or dwelling on a decision is not a constructive way to live life. Such thoughts prevent us from appreciating the outcomes of our choices. Hence, I firmly believe in standing by my decisions. 

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1. What is the central theme of the poem "The Road Not Taken"?
Ans. The central theme of the poem "The Road Not Taken" is the concept of choices and their impact on one's life. The poem explores the idea of choosing between different paths and the consequences that arise from these choices.
2. Who is the poet of the poem "The Road Not Taken"?
Ans. The poet of the poem "The Road Not Taken" is Robert Frost. He was an American poet who is known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his exploration of philosophical and social themes.
3. What is the significance of the title "The Road Not Taken"?
Ans. The title "The Road Not Taken" symbolizes the idea of missed opportunities and the paths in life that one chooses not to follow. It highlights the importance of making choices and the impact they have on an individual's journey.
4. How does the poet convey the idea of individuality in the poem?
Ans. The poet conveys the idea of individuality in the poem by emphasizing the personal choices and decisions that shape one's life. The speaker in the poem reflects on the path they have chosen, highlighting the uniqueness of their decision and how it has made a difference in their life.
5. What is the message conveyed by the poem "The Road Not Taken"?
Ans. The message conveyed by the poem "The Road Not Taken" is that life is full of choices and it is these choices that define our journey. It encourages readers to be courageous in making decisions, to embrace the unknown, and to reflect on the roads not taken in order to appreciate the path they have chosen.
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