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They will alter facts so that their understanding of themselves is positive rather than negative.
The sigh indicates that the poet believes it is almost inevitable that in the future he will betray this moment of decision in favor of a positive reflection. Even thought he may have said, “I took the road less travelled by, / and that has made all the difference” the sigh indicates that he does not really believe it.
The first three stanzas are written in the past tense. In line 16, the word “shall” indicates that the poet is looking into the future.
He wonders how he will defend the choices he made at the fork in the road.
Several literary devices can be identified throughout the poem.
“The Road Not Taken” is written in the first person and uses the personal pronoun “I” to personalize its meaning as an inner journey, which suggests that the reader has direct insight into the poet’s thoughts and feelings.
No grass is visible because they are both covered with leaves.
The traveler’s contradiction here parallels the confusion he is experiencing in choosing a path.