TIL though the poem is frequently seen as a grand expression of individualism, the poem The Road Not Taken was written ironically, a reference to his friend Edward Thomas who had issues choosing a path on walks with him and often regretted his decisions.

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  1. haha

    One of my econometric textbooks, *Mastering ‘Metrics*, criticized the poem:

    >The traveler claims his choice has mattered, but, being only one person, he can’t be sure. A later trip or a report by other travelers won’t nail it down for him, either. Our narrator might be older and wiser the second time around, while other travelers might have different experiences on the same road. So it is with any choice, including those related to health insurance: would uninsured men with heart disease be disease-free if they had insurance? In the novel Light Years, James Salter’s irresolute narrator observes: “Acts demolish their alternatives, that is the paradox.” We can’t know what lies at the end of the road not taken.

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