NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Poem Chapter 1 The Road not taken Questions and Answers
- 1. Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face?
Answer:- The traveller found himself at the place where two roads were divided in a yellow wood. He has to decide the way where he should walk. He can’t take both the roads.
2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you.
(i) a yellow wood
Answer:- It means that there was the season of autumn. Because of that, the wood was yellow. He is talk’s about the forest in autumn.
(ii) it was grassy and wanted to wear
Answer:- It was very grassy because it was not used by people often. The number of travellers on that road was less, so that road wanted that most people could also choose it, and wanted the people to use it often.
(iii) the passing there
Answer:- The people involved walking on the road less travelled.
(iv) leaves no step had trodden black
Answer:- It means that there were so few travellers that the footsteps on dry leaves were not crushed under the feet of travellers.
(v) how way leads on to way
Answer:- It means how one road opens to the other road.
3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them.
(i) in stanzas two or three?
Answer:- The poet means to say that both the roads have no difference on both roads it looked it is not travelled usually, both the roads were grassy and were covered with dry leaves. So it does not tell any difference between the roads in stanzas two or three.
(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?
Answer:- The poet tells us that he chose the road that was less travelled. He chose the path which doesn’t have much no. of travellers. He thought that it would be challenging to choose that road. And he also didn’t know what would happen if he chose that road, he was sure that it would surely make a difference in his life.
4. What do you think the last two lines of the poem mean? ( Looking back, does the poet regret his choice or accept it?)
Answer:- The last two lines of the poem are
“I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
The poet is saying that he chose the road that was less travelled by the people, he chose the road that was grassy. He chose to challenge himself and he himself doesn’t know what will happen to him to choose that way. So, that will make all the difference in his life. These two are very deep; it expresses the quintessence of the poem.
The poet also says that it is very difficult for a person to change a decision. Not everyone gets the multiple changes in their lives. The poet got the chance to travel on that first road. He didn’t regret making the decision, he accepted the reality.
II. 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)?
Answer:- Everyone has that situation where they have to make difficult and important decisions in life. But as we talk as in the present, people have many alternatives but we should always make the decision thinking of its advantages as well as disadvantages. The person should deeply think about the decision they are going to make. So that after they make their final they don’t regret it.
2. After you have made a choice, do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality?
Answer:- Everyone should live in the present. They can’t change anything in the past that they have already done. They should not regret that they should correct it in the present. Same as the future, they can’t tell what is going to happen in the future. We should learn to face our problems ourselves.
No one’s life in the world is a bed of roses, every single person has the hurdles that they have to face. One needs to be confident in the decision one has made. Whatever will happen can be solved by them in future.