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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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