NCERT Solutions for Poem The Road not Taken Class 9 English Beehive

The poem was written by Robert Frost, in which he describes the difficulties he faced when choosing between two diverging paths and he had to decide which path to take. Here diversion symbolizes real-life situations. Life too can involve tough decisions many times. It is difficult for us to decide what is right and what is wrong. 

NCERT Solutions for Class 9th English Poem The Road not Taken

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Thinking about the poem

I. Answer these questions:

Question 1: Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?


The traveller finds himself at the point where two roads diverged in a yellow wood. He cannot travel both roads so he have to choose one path and his problem is to take decision to choose a road to walk.

Question 2: Discuss what these phrases mean to you:

(i) A yellow wood.

(ii) It was grassy and wanted wear.

(iii) The passing there.

(iv) Leaves no step had trodden black.

(v) How way leads on to way.


(i) A yellow wood: Decomposing and decaying leaves in the jungle turn yellow as they deteriorate and decompose.

(ii) It was grassy and wanted wear: The phrase describes a road covered in grass. Its lack of use by travellers is further supported by wanted wear.

(iii) The passing there: The path that passersby take.

(iv) Leaves no step had trodden black: The leaves hadn't turned black because fewer people stepping on them. Possibly, travellers did not often go for this path because it was uncertain.

(v) How way leads on to way: In life, certain decisions may pave the way for many future decisions that an individual will make.

Question 3: Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them .

(i) In stanzas two and three?

(ii) In the last two lines of the poem?


(i) According to the poet, the only difference between the two roads was that his road had a better claim because it was spread over with grass and few travellers travelled it. Furthermore, passersby travelling on both roads had equally worn both down.

According to stanza three, the poet observes that neither road was walked on because it was equally covered with leaves.

 (ii) As the poet states in the poem's last two lines, he chose less travelled road. It was the decision that made a remarkable difference to his life and experiences.

Question 4: What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? (Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?)


The poet chose the road less used by others and he feels that he has transformed his life and shaped his journey.

He does not regret taking such a decision and instead accepts the challenges of the path he chose.

II. Answer these questions:

Question 1: 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)?


I have not been faced with a difficult choice. However, I feel I may experience such a situation at some point in my life. When I finish my tenth standard, I will be able to select my subjects and field of study from a variety of options. It is my first challenging decision as it will surely impact my completion of higher education and further studies. Therefore, I will carefully consider my interests and strong points and face the situation courageously.

NOTE* - Students should express their opinion and share their experiences if any. This is a sample for you reference.

Question 2: After you have made a choice, do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality?


The decision making process is a part of life that is filled with challenges and struggles. One should never regret taking a particular decision as it restrict one from being positive in dealing with life's situations. Therefore, I stick to my decisions and face challenges without fear.

NOTE* - Students should express their opinion and share their experiences if any. This is a sample for you reference.

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