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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  • Veteran Poet - 1,280 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/4/2015 5:51:00 AM)

    A very simple looking poem with profound nuances. As some one said here, there of course is some confusion about what Frost really meant. However, I would like to go by the simple explanation that this poem concerns choices that we face in life and the decisions we take with a certain amount of risk. One can recapitulate on one's decision on a later date when the path has been walked - of course, with a sigh. But Frost definitely means taking the decision is the real difference that is made. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Benny Joseph (2/25/2015 8:23:00 AM)

    Very inspirational really makes to think different (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nathanael Burns-Watson (2/21/2015 9:13:00 PM)

    But seriously you all think you have it figured out when the only person who ever did was Frost himself (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nathanael Burns-Watson (2/21/2015 9:12:00 PM)

    Lol posted twice (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nathanael Burns-Watson (2/21/2015 9:08:00 PM)

    This poem confuses me. Perhaps that's quite the point. Like abstract art there's no definite meaning, it's all about perspective... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nathanael Burns-Watson (2/21/2015 9:06:00 PM)

    This poem confuses me. Perhaps that's quite the point. Like abstract art there's no definite meaning, it's all about perspective... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 103 Points Neptune Barman (2/20/2015 3:21:00 AM)

    He is one of my favourite poet. I read this poem in my textbook early. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 126 Points Artistry The Sound (2/19/2015 9:45:00 PM)

    he said 3 times in the poem that the roads were the same, in fact he said they were both equally worn. In the very end he said he'll tell the story with a sigh... and that has made all the difference. Reading through the comments... no one really seen what he said, I'm glad frost was not a politician! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kay Simpson (2/12/2015 4:41:00 AM)

    One of my favourite Poems. I think its about life in general.And hoping the path you chose was the right one. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 894 Points Rakhi Jayashankar (2/11/2015 10:04:00 PM)

    every time I read this I could see a new meaning, a better interpretation (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dheeraj kry (2/11/2015 1:54:00 PM)

    Good1 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dheeraj kry (2/11/2015 1:53:00 PM)

    Very sensible poem... It has a very deeper meaning to life also... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ryan Patterson (2/6/2015 9:58:00 AM)

    Great poem very inspiering (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Giant Medieval Sword (1/30/2015 10:16:00 AM)

    Freaking scrub should've gone backwards. -6/4% until he plays Stanley Parable. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,414 Points Herbert Guitang (1/21/2015 9:33:00 AM)

    An amazing maze kind of road. Deep and meaningful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tim Hollander (1/16/2015 11:27:00 AM)

    This is the best poem ever (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Monai Roland (1/3/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    He says the roads were really worn about the same so that was just his choice they seem as if he was describing the same roads (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Riham El-Ashry (12/29/2014 12:34:00 PM)

    Deep meanings, makes me think about the road I took (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 164 Points Musa Ndhlovu (12/25/2014 11:48:00 AM)

    Great art... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,435 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/17/2014 9:19:00 AM)

    The road that traveled less that is important. The great poem of the great poetic mind always. (Report) Reply

    Rookie Monai Roland (1/3/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    He says the roads were really worn about the same so that was just his choice they seem as if he was describing the same roads

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