Popular Culture In Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

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Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a classical piece of poetry from just short of a hundred years ago. Even though it is often misinterpreted it has still made its way into popular culture. People believe that Frost advocates breaking away from societal norms and choosing the road less traveled but, in fact he doesn’t, he mentions the road not taken rather than the road less traveled on, either way it has influenced popular culture in a variety of ways.
“The Road Not Taken” has made its way into popular culture in numerous ways such as the names of episodes of TV series for example Fringe Season 1, Episode 19, a version of the very popular “Cup Song” from Pitch Perfect (2012) and “The Road Not Taken” is available on Youtube and merges
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The character of Piper explains that “everyone thinks the poem means to break away from the crowd and do your own thing, but if you read it, Frost is very clear that the two roads are exactly the same. He just chooses one at random. And then it’s only later at a dinner party when he’s talking about it that he tells everyone he chose the road less travelled by, but he’s lying. So the point of the poem is that everyone wants to look back and think that their choices matter. But in reality, shit just happens the way that it happens, and it doesn’t…show more content…
I believe that most movies, advertisements, music videos or TV shows that involve any form of decision making or situation of the ‘grass is always greener on the other side’ or even of ‘what might have been’ has influences from this particular piece of poetry. We see characters in shows contemplating a situation as minute as what dress to wear to something major such as should one quit their job or not, are they not all cases of which road to choose and which one will be the road not taken? After my 12th grade I too was caught at two roads, should I apply only to the college of my choice and risk taking a year off or apply to colleges I didn’t want to study in, in hindsight I realize that here too, there was a road not taken. Every decision we make is essentially a case of the road not taken. People have been making decisions before Frost even wrote this piece but now, for most people who have read this poem, when making a decision we associate it, possibly inadvertently with “The Road Not Taken”. The poem to a certain extent whether misinterpreted or not is looked at as a cliché because of how much it has fused with everyday life and the choices we make but, still it goes on to influence pop culture worldwide in a vast
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