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The literal meaning is the physical journey of a person traveling along a road and coming to an intersection.
No map is available so the traveler must make a decision as to which road to take.
The ironic tone is unavoidable when he says, “I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence.” The speaker is revealing a characteristic about human nature.
Given the choice between thinking well of ourselves or not – most people would choose to think well of themselves.
Somewhere in the back of his mind he will still remember the image of yellow woods and two equally leafy paths.
It is this memory that causes the poem to be filled with the anticipation of remorse.
This image helps to provide a better understanding of the problem that the speaker is facing.
When standing at the edge of the woods, it is not possible to clearly see what lies ahead, as the view is obstructed by trees and branches.
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