Which songs can be related to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken?”?

I have to write an essay connecting Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” to a song. I need a song with an in depth connection to the poem. Any suggestions?

4 Answers

  1. Wow that’s a hard poem to connect with a song. So since the poem is about the randomness of life choices (common misconception: a lot of people assume the poem is motivational, and that Frost is telling people to take the road less traveled. That is, in fact, almost the opposite of what the poem is actually about, as Frost makes clear that neither road is less traveled, and that his choice of road was random) I guess ideally you would want to find a song that expresses that idea.

    The most likely songwriter that might use that theme was Bob Dylan, so I went through a bunch of his songs and found some that might work. Every Grain of Sand is relatively close to the theme. The song talks about the consequences of the past “chain of events” that has defined the narrator/singer. It is a little hard to decipher though.

    I would say that Series of Dreams is probably your best bet for Dylan. The song describes a “series of dreams”, possibly describing the narrator/singer’s life, along which the singer has hurtled without any obvious “exit in any direction”. The last stanza/verse reads in part “Wasn’t looking for any special assistance Not going to any great extremes”, which could be interpreted as meaning that the narrator didn’t look for a specific path to take, and didn’t make his decisions based on any “extreme” or concrete rules.

    Like I said, those are the two most related songs that I can think of for the potentially most related artist that I can think of. You picked a difficult poem.

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    Which songs can be related to Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken?”?

    I have to write an essay connecting Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” to a song. I need a song with an in depth connection to the poem. Any suggestions?

  3. The Road Not Taken Song

  4. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra comes to mind right away.

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