Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Thursday, August 07, 2014

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  • Gold Star - 13,594 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/20/2014 9:32:00 AM)

    Success needs new ways to walk along so that people follow you..the secret of success is told by poet laureate, my dream poet Robert Frost (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 237 Points Chris Howie (10/11/2014 8:03:00 PM)

    While this is a pretty awesome poem, and a favorite of mine simply for how it is written, so many misunderstand the intentions of the poem. I'm sure I'm not the only person to point this out, so I won't go into depth, but the poem is basically a mocking of the trend people have of attributing too much of the way things are presently for them to some one single event in their past, as if one single choice, no matter how inconsequential it may be, can alter your path in any great way.

    Note that he says that both roads are really about the same, and that he will only be saying to other people that one road was less-travelled, as if to justify it to himself. Again, it's a good poem, but so many people get it wrong. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 365 Points Giorgio Veneto (9/17/2014 4:46:00 PM)

    A playful composition where the poet switches between Iambic and Anapestic meter in his lines without following a certain pattern. The story is not as impressive, therefore I presume that the poet exercised his ability to dance from line to line varying his tempo, more than anything else. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 56 Points Mawunyo Adjei (9/3/2014 11:58:00 AM)

    My favorite line is;"Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference" (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Karla De O. Lopes Machado Oliveira (9/2/2014 3:31:00 PM)

    The main theme of the poem The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, is related to choices and decisions that are part of our lives. Sometimes we have the opportunity to choose between two ways, which can provide different achievements for us and be essential to our future. This choices involve our fulfillment in our profession, family, love, and lead us to happiness.
    In my opinion this poem is very interesting because it makes us think about the importance of making conscious decisions and have conviction about our choices. Sometimes we might think that the things could have been different if we had chosen another way, but if we know that God leads us to the right place, if we act sensibly, with determination, persistence and honesty, thus there will not be repentance, but a constant and good desire to be the best in our achievements. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points John Billy Yucot (8/27/2014 9:16:00 AM)

    I love the way the poem is written. It has the same exact measurement of words in every line,the rhyme and most of all,the meaning of the piece. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 981 Points Peter Stavropoulos (8/25/2014 6:06:00 PM)

    The Road is a metaphor for not being satisfied or necessarily accepting what life puts forward but making your own path. In this poem the Road was -

    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.

    and -

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    the one less traveled by is in the heart of the traveler. This is a clever, ironic and brilliant poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Patricia Donatão (8/16/2014 2:32:00 PM)

    For me the poem by Robert Frost is a beautiful demonstration and reflection about life.
    Sometimes we makes choices, we regret and we can not come back and due to them these are consequences for the rest of our life.
    The poem also makes me think about how the ways of life are. It shows that follow a known way is normal. Its easy, its safe, but choose an unknown way can make the difference.
    This choices makes us different people. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Patricia Donatão (8/16/2014 2:29:00 PM)

    For me the poem by Robert Frost is a beautiful demonstration and reflection about life.
    Sometimes we makes choices, we regret and we can not come back and due to them these are consequences for the rest of our life.
    The poem also makes me think about how the ways of life are. It shows that follow a known way is normal. Its easy, its safe, but choose an unknown way can make the difference.
    This choices makes us different people. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ishita Chakrabarty (8/14/2014 2:09:00 PM)

    I love this poem.The plot is mundane yet significant.About the everyday choices we make in our life.The uncertainty is evident when he says I doubted if I should ever come back..Sure enough, we are like this lone traveler, making our own decisions..decisions that can alter our lives for the good or bad. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Bob Mulligan (8/6/2014 12:07:00 AM)

    And I chose neither, how sad you say,
    why so doubtful and there you stay?
    You have lost in every way!
    But...I watch and watch the eyes decide
    And listen for the footsteps echos
    after the choice is made.

    Much have I to tell of which road to chose.
    Much do I know of those who've chosen. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Talitta Pelosi (8/4/2014 3:13:00 PM)

    The poem written by Robert Frost entitled The Road not taken makes us think about some situations that make us choose which way to go! They can be between two jobs, two countries, two roads, two universities or any other challenge that let us confused, unsure about facing the fear of choice. And in our lives indeed, the choices are not always easy, because either we win or lose a lot because of them.
    I still think that even taking a risk of losing everything we have achieved due to our choice, we must move on and if get to fail, at least we will not feel the constant agony for having never tried. (Report) Reply

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