NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Poem The Road Not Taken

NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English Poem The Road Not Taken are given below. This chapter contains many questions that are essential for exams. Our expert teachers answered all the questions with a detailed explanation that help students to complete their assignments and homework. We have also provided NCERT Solutions for Class 9 English The Road Not Taken You in PDF format so that you can download them for offline use.

The Road Not Taken Class 9 NCERT Questions and Answers

Thinking about the poem


Question 1. Where does the traveller find himself? What problem does he face? 

Answer: The traveller finds himself in the yellow woods at a point where the road forks into two. The problem that he faces is that he cannot decide which road to take to continue his journey since it is not possible for him to travel both roads at the same time. 

Question 2. Discuss what these phrases mean to you. 
(i) a yellow wood
(ii) it was grassy and wanted wear
(iii) the passing there
(iv) leaves no step had trodden black
(v) how way leads on to way

Answer: (i) Yellow wood symbolises the autumn season. Autumn corresponds with old age. The poet could be symbolically talking about the later stages of life.

(ii) It conveys that the road was full of grass and nobody has used that  road. It was a smooth road which had not worn out. 

(iii) The use of the path by passersby. 

(iv) The leaves had not changed their colour and turned black because of less people stepping on them. It could represent a path one may have never/seldom taken in life for the fear of uncertainty. 

(v) This phrase means how certain decisions one makes in life could pave the way for many other decisions. 

Question 3. Is there any difference between the two roads as the poet describes them 

(i) in stanzas two and three?
(ii) in the last two lines of the poem?

Answer: (i) There is no difference in the roads as the poet describes them in stanzas two and three except that the road he took was covered with grass looked to be not much used. Otherwise, both roads were equally covered with uncrushed leaves as if no person had stepped on them.

(ii) In the last two lines of the poem the poet says that there is a difference between the two roads because he took the road that was less travelled by other people and that made all the difference to his journey.  

Question 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 mean the acceptance of reality. The poet made a choice and accepted the challenging path. He took and unexplored path in his life. He wanted to do something different in his life so he chooses the less travelled road. No he does not regret his choice. 


Question 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: No, I have not had to make any difficult choice till now in my life. But I think in future I will have difficult choices to make in my academic and professional career. After 10th standard I will have to decide which stream to take for further studies. I think it will be a difficult decision to make as it will have an impact on my career. Then I will have to make a choice of profession whether I should become an engineer or a doctor or something else. At that time, I will make a choice according to my capabilities and strong points. It will be better to choose a path that will give me satisfaction and mental peace. I think it will be good not to join the rat race for money. I will choose a challenging and unexplored path in my life like the poet did in the poem.

Note: The above answer gives a hint to students what they can write. However, students are suggested to write this answer in their own words according to their own experiences and perspectives.

Question 2. After you have made a choice do you always think about what might have been, or do you accept the reality?  

Answer: Taking a decision sometime make or mars our future. Having made a choice, I accept the reality. Reconsidering a decision or contemplating over it is not a positive approach towards life. Such thoughts never allow us to be happy with what we have gained from our decision. Therefore, I believe in sticking to my decisions.  

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