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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • N S (9/28/2012 9:10:00 AM)

    One of my all-time favourites. Decisions, and the fact that some are final. Lovely. (Report) Reply

  • Sharath Sasidharan (9/27/2012 6:00:00 AM)

    The most beautiful lines in this poem are saved for the last. He knew the decision that he has to make wont be an easy one and hence many years later, he might actually remember this heaving a sigh. The decision that he made is sure to make a difference in his life! (Report) Reply

  • Gus Fahey (9/8/2012 1:31:00 AM)

    A most captivating and philosophical poem and no doubt a life metaphor.
    My take is that he took neither road (did not follow anyone) , he marked the folk where the roads diverged and then made he’s own path “in leaves no step had trodden black”. The metaphor for me is to follow your own dreams and make your own way in life and that is what will make the difference. (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (9/5/2012 2:55:00 PM)

    The roads could be a metaphors for women or relationships. Someone who was an outcast with few friends could be the road he chose because he saw something in them that no one else had seen.
    It could be about a life changing decision to try a new way of doing something that has always existed but no one believed it could work. What ever the message, and I believe it has multiple possible interpretations, it is a captivating poem! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (8/29/2012 5:34:00 AM)

    My interpretation is the road not taken, could also be the job no one ever apples for because of misconceptions of qualifications. Always apply for the highest paying job, there will be less people applying, your chances are greater of being accepted. This poem is a true masterpiece. :) (Report) Reply

  • Milan Van Zuyen (8/29/2012 2:55:00 AM)

    I was once told that this poem is Frost using a metaphor to talk about death...something that i always found incredibly moving and beautiful. Even if it isn't necessarily the intended hidden message i still think it's a powerful piece of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Walton (8/28/2012 2:05:00 AM)

    During his stay in England, before the First World War, Frost became close to Edward Thomas, whom he encouraged to turn to poetry. When Thomas was wrestling with the decision to volunteer for active service, Frost (now back in America) sent him a copy of this newly-written poem, which helped Thomas make up his mind. He was killed at the battle of Arras in 1917. Many years later, Frost said that 'The Road Not Taken' was 'about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other'. See my poem about Edward Thomas, 'Roads To France'. (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Honeytip (8/27/2012 12:17:00 PM)

    This poem is tall as a redwood, gives other poets something to look up to: -) Please dropp by to view my humble contributions and let me know what you think. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Walton (8/22/2012 6:56:00 AM)

    Read my poem ROADS TO FRANCE to see the influence this fine poem had on Frost's close friend Edward Thomas. (And, yes, Stacey R is right on the money here.) (Report) Reply

  • Tony Walton (8/22/2012 6:29:00 AM)

    Read my poem 'Roads To France' to see the influence this fine poem had on his close friend Edward Thomas. (I would also confirm that Stacey R. is right on the money about this one.) (Report) Reply

  • Mike M. (8/19/2012 2:17:00 AM)

    Sorry to all for the duplicate... it seems I'm having PC problems. But I have a PS... the key to unlocking the meaning of the poem is the interpretation of the word sigh as Stacey R. pointed out! :) To all... enjoy thinking deeper! (Report) Reply

  • Mike M. (8/19/2012 2:11:00 AM)

    To all... sorry about the duplicate. I had a PC problem! But as a PS... the key to unlocking the meaning of the poem is sigh as Stacey suggested! (Report) Reply

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