Today we welcome our newest--and youngest!--contributor to NEA, Pip R.! Pip is an eighth grader who has been writing since she was six years old. In her first Almanac post, enjoy her analysis and interpretation of the poem, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost below. You may also listen to it in audio form available online here.

The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost means to make one’s own destiny and choose their life. Sometimes, people choose to follow the crowd, even if that is not what they want to do for themselves. In this poem, the speaker states, “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (19-20). This shows how a person should do what they aspire to do in their life, even if it is not necessarily what others are doing. Frost also writes, “And sorry I could not travel both,” (2). This line proves the speaker is confused, and wants to make their own choices, yet feels pressured to go along with everyone else. At the end of the poem, the speaker realizes that they should do what is right for themself, and their own life. Throughout this poem, Frost emphasizes nonconformity, and through the metaphor of the two paths, he shows the challenges of being true to oneself, instead of being like everyone else. This metaphor can relate to wanting to be popular with others, as some school-aged children try to be. As Frost shows, being popular, and like everyone else, will not bring a person as much joy as them being their true self. God did not create everyone the same; He instead created individual people. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is an intriguing poem that tells the reader to be themself, and choose their own path. 

Hi! I’m Pip R. I’m 13 years old and in eighth grade. I’ve been writing since I was six. My first book was called “Attack of the Evil Giant 10 Foot Ducks.” I now write both fiction and nonfiction content. My most recent work is titled "Twenty-Three Men"; it’s a fictional story that takes place in Ancient Rome.