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
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  • Rookie Cooper Redfearn (12/4/2012 11:03:00 PM)

    This poem can be interpreted differently. Most people think this poem is an inspiration, to take the road less traveled by and make your own path, but there are a few clues to make me believe other wise. The title it self gives it away, The Road Not Taken. At the end of the poem he says,
    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.
    The first line hints that he is in the future thinking back and sighing, meaning he is regretful. The poem says he has taken the road less traveled by, but the title contradicts that.
    Just a thought to get your mind thinking, are the authors leaving a poem uninterpreted for us to decide on our own? Or was Frost trying to get his readers to not just read the poem, but to understand the meaning of the words and the placement of the words? This is why he is one of my favorite authors. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Francesca Johnson (12/4/2012 3:03:00 PM)

    Older people like myself often wonder what it would have been like to take that different fork in the road, that side street, the left branch instead of the right.... I tell young people that sometimes you come to a crossroad and have to make the decision which way to go. And we do. Never look back and regret. Always look forward. Keep an eye on the road, ofcourse, but which ever way you go keep your eyes looking forward.
    A poem to provoke comment. And I like that.
    Fran x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mary Bradley (12/2/2012 11:20:00 AM)

    Often as we are starting on a journey after high school, deciding on a new career, deciding...it isn't easy. It is oft with fear of failure, of not knowing what is down the road a bit beyond our view that we stand with trepidation while attempting to decide which way to go. Taking the first step is the bravest of course, staying on the path or knowing when to change is even more challenging!

    Do you. Ever inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,905 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/28/2012 1:02:00 AM)

    inspire the success as one act during the situation... silently make the dicision when one walks on the path of destiny (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ranesh Bansal (11/27/2012 4:11:00 PM)

    Its easy to take the path already chosen by others, tested and frequented by many but really difficult to take the other path where the person doesn't know what difficulties he may face and what would be the consequences of such decision. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tom S (11/26/2012 3:26:00 PM)

    This is very uplifting! Robert manages to relate to almost anyone who reads this poem regardless of how exclusive it sounds. Timeless! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dan Holmes (11/18/2012 7:45:00 PM)

    I think people assume that he felt he made the right decision to take the path he did and overlook the part where he says that he will be telling it with a sigh. I think he actually regrets the choice he made. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Salman Yusafzai (11/11/2012 9:40:00 AM)

    Life often brings us to a fork of choices...where there are many a different paths & routes to the one or different conclusions. It is our own freedom to decide which way to go. Life is such... A good decision is one which ends with a positive note...again ENDS with a positive. So its always a difficult decision to start.
    PEACE n LOVE...to all (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Vanderlip (11/7/2012 1:02:00 PM)

    I believe he is saying he did not really take the less traveled road. He knows he will admit this later in life. We rarely regret the thing we have done, but often think about the chances we did not take. The old “if I had done this or that, where would I be today”

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,467 Points Rajnish Manga (10/20/2012 9:27:00 AM)

    Lovely. One should attempt to probe what is not known hitherto because the life is too short to be wasted in popular persuits. Life should be meaningful and explored to the hilt. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shivani Misra (10/15/2012 9:36:00 PM)

    Ive learnt this poem in class tenth. I love it as much now as i love it then. A deep meaning conveyed. Awesome. (Report) Reply

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