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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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  • Ahmed Ali (4/9/2007 2:14:00 PM)

    The speaker stands in the woods, considering a fork in the road. Both ways are equally worn and equally overlaid with un-trodden leaves. The speaker chooses one, telling himself that he will take the other another day. Yet he knows it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to do so. And he admits that someday in the future he will recreate the scene with a slight twist: He will claim that he took the less-traveled road. (Report) Reply

  • Carlton Peterose (3/1/2007 7:09:00 PM)

    As good of a poem as this is, it is also the most misquoted poem ever. Please read it carefully. Take this part...
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    Then took the other, 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,
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    He's saying that they were basically the same.
    And now read this
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    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.
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    Read it and think about it. He's not saying that him having taken the other road made all the difference, he's saying that when he's older, he will say that, but really, when he was looking at them, he saw how they actually look pretty much the same. Remember...
    'Though as for that the passing there/Had worn them really about the same, '
    Just slightly annoyed at people who don't read the poem talking about 'the road less traveled' (Report) Reply

  • Wm T. Simpson (12/18/2006 12:11:00 PM)

    I agree with Shawn Delgado entry, but people often focus on a verse and take it out of context because those specific words resonants within their soul. Which I think is fine. Some emotional response is better than none at all. (Report) Reply

  • Shawn Delgado (12/11/2006 12:57:00 PM)

    I'm a bit surprised by the number of people who haven't been able to read the literal meaning of the poem, considering its popularity on this forum (7/500) . This is not a poem about choosing a road less traveled. The poem specifically states that at the time of the decision, both roads had been worn and appeared nearly identical. It's only years later, when details have succumbed to a fading, sentimental memory, that he says the roads differed. This poem has no intent to try and persuade people to take an original path. It is instead a humorous analysis of the speaker's own sentimentality and the ways he will change the story in a fit of nostalgia. (Report) Reply

  • Rebecca Schulz (11/19/2006 6:17:00 PM)

    this is one of my favorite poems ever... I'm at a crossroad like that myself at the moment.. and so sorry that I cannot travel both (Report) Reply

  • Jesse Rudolph (11/1/2006 10:35:00 PM)

    All in all, this poem isn't about chosing a path, its reflective, and not at all suspenseful. He just wishes that he could take every path, and experience everything. Its a very robert frost sort of poem. Theres no real tension, just a euphoric sort of curiosity. I have no idea what about his poetry is so attractive, other than its truthfulness. But it still is. This is an awesome poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jing Shenqi (10/25/2006 11:47:00 AM)

    I studied this peom in Engish class, and my English teacher from US. I guess gave us this peom in both English and Chinese version. I read it repeatly and liked it very much. I think now I was the poat, for I am in the face of the two ways of my future: to study further or to have a job, that is the question. which way should and will I choose? (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Root (8/18/2006 11:40:00 PM)

    It is hard to know what road to take, Life is so difficult I find. I feel the same right now, I guess. Not sure what to expect from my life any more. Excellent poem. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (8/9/2006 7:50:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading the thoughtful comments that so many readers have supplied. I would like to suggest that the persona of the poem (not necessarily Frost) may have been faced with two good choices in life and chose one with enormous consequences to his or her life.

    This poem has been given a choral setting by Randall Thompson that is in my opinion a choral masterpiece because of the composer's loving response to the text. (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Root (7/20/2006 4:16:00 PM)

    I get the feeling the poet was not happy with which road he had taken in life. I guess sometimes it is to late to turn back. Excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/17/2006 12:32:00 PM)

    If only more people would choose to travel the same road as Frost, ... THAT would make all the difference in the world (sigh) . (Report) Reply

  • Paul Moosberg (6/20/2006 10:37:00 AM)

    Robert's ride to sigh it, The road with just one by it
    Frost travels one concealing sun,
    But Traveling to try it (Report) Reply

  • Poetry Hound (6/18/2006 10:00:00 AM)

    This simple poem is wonderfully written and suggests so much without actually saying it straight out. I don't think Frost is expressing regret that he didn't take the other road. He's expressing regret that he couldn't experience BOTH roads. This poem could not be written today because, as implied by Kimberly Curtis below, referring to a road or path through life is now cliched and hokey. (Report) Reply

  • Nandkumar Variar (5/15/2006 3:11:00 AM)

    I do agree with Matt Cheplic. It happened with me. On first thoughts, this poem give you an impression that 'Take the road less traveled and you'll thank yourself one day.'
    On reading again and again, you come to understand that (as Matt Cheplic commented) the poem explores the inevitable feeling of regret we will all encounter when we wonder about the path we didn't take. (Report) Reply

  • John Tobiasson (4/20/2006 1:39:00 AM)

    I agree with Matt Cheplic that this poem seems to be about always regretting the choices one makes in life, no matter what choice is made, but I would like to add that Frost points out that we tend toward choices because we notice things about them that are different from 'where we are' at the time, and we don't stop to realize that the other choice has the same qualities, which would nullify our resolution to take the one path over the other. However, at the end of the poem, he seems to acknowledge that sometimes we do take the road less traveled by (it really does exist in this poem) , and that that leads to an entirely different set of choices than the more traveled path/choice would have. (Report) Reply

  • Matt Cheplic (3/1/2006 3:28:00 PM)

    This is probably the most misread American poem. My students usually miss it. They commonly read it to mean: Take the road less traveled and you'll thank yourself one day. But of course, Frost describes the roads as being the same. In other words, THERE IS NO ROAD LESS TRAVELED BY in this poem, at least not as far as the narrator can tell. Otherwise, he would have titled the poem 'The Road Less Traveled.' It's called 'The Road Not Taken' because it explores the inevitable feeling of regret we will all encounter when we wonder about the chances we didn't take. And one can't prevent that feeling, no matter what 'road' one takes. (Report) Reply

  • Adryan Rotica (1/15/2006 2:21:00 PM)

    Yes, this poem touched me at a young age....at about age 15 these words put an indelible mark on me and gave me insight into how one should live out their lives....so, it is thru this poem that I have chosen to live my life in accord...and that my friend Robert Frost, has made all the difference.........I thank you~ (Report) Reply

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