Irony in The Road Not Taken
“The Road Not Taken” is one of the most commonly misinterpreted poems in English as a result of both its wide popularity and its subtlety. Numerous readers assume that the speaker’s quandary is sincerely reflected in the poem’s first few lines. There is, however, a strain of irony underlying the poem’s narrative. While the sojourner’s dilemma is real, the speaker achieves a degree of ironic removal from the dilemma. The speaker understands that the two roads are inherently the same, which deflates the importance of the decision.