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 John Vogel (6/13/2008 10:02:00 AM)

    This has always been one of my favorite poems of Robert Frost's, I think for obvious reasons. The flow was perfect, the imagery was nice, the emotion was good but the main thing was the message, this message really had an impact on my life. How many of us have stood at the fork, looking down the easy path one way, the hard (lesser trod) path the other way, and decided to go down the easy road... the one less traveled by? I choose the roads less traveled by, myself, and that truly has made all the difference.

    P.S. Robert Frost was my single most influential poet while growing up and was the main reason I took to writing poetry. Though my favorite poet is Edger Allen Poe... Robert Frost had the most influence over me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dominika Gow (5/5/2008 6:05:00 PM)

    I disagree with others disagring al da time. it cuold mean many different things to different people. everyone has there own opinion. everyone has a different interpretation about it. the poem doesn't have one sepecific meaninig.. duhhh (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aliasgar Murtaza (4/25/2008 12:04:00 PM)

    tnks 2 poem hunter 4 putting this online wid out this it was imposible 2 submit my english literature project ontime i love this website a really gud one well done poem hunter (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cc Ff (4/22/2008 11:23:00 AM)

    The road not Taken is adout two path in life. He chose the one less travel to follow his dream.To go a different path in life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robert Ellis (3/5/2008 8:41:00 PM)

    Have any of you taken the time to realize that the poem is one of more or less remorse? The poem is not about the road less traveled, it is about the road NOT taken. He isn't saying in the last line that he's glad, nor did he ever hint that either was less traveled, in fact he said 'Though as for that the passing there/Had worn them really about the same, ' Meaning both were traveled equally. And when he says 'I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence: ' he is saying somewhere down the line he's going to think to himself that perhaps he made the wrong choice even though he is trying to convince both him and others that it had made all the difference. Everyone should be able to understand this by simply reading it and not over analyzing it but taking each word at it's face value. But I suppose misinterpitation is expected when reading the words or a rhetorical geniouse. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Don Suseelan (2/19/2008 5:47:00 AM)

    'And that has made all the difference...' Any person who has taken the road less travelled can hear the sigh within his heart when he reads these lines. You maybe lonely in this road but you made the choice and you will live with it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yvonne Liggins (2/8/2008 7:38:00 AM)

    This poem is beautifully crafted and the content familiar to everyone poems are personal and are what they are they touch others in different ways depending on personal experience
    and circumstance. Nothing is to be gained by pulling them apart if you enjoy reading a peiece and it touches your heart that is enough (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nia Riz (2/7/2008 6:15:00 AM)

    Guess what! ? .....this poem came for my english exam....this same poem.....nd most of the students had to waste their time by reading the poem and then undestanding it.....but me.....as i loved this poem....and have read it before.....i could do th answers well......and i got full in the reading section/.....thanks a lot poemhunter.....for keeping this poem online (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Nancy Chambers (1/29/2008 8:02:00 PM)

    I have loved this poem since I was a kid and I have always wanted to write like this but I took a different road. Now I am going back to 'the road not taken' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Charles Wiles (Best Love Poems) (12/2/2007 6:51:00 AM)

    This is the first poem I ever learned by heart and always an inspiration when I choose to take a different path. There is a small homage to this poem in the words of my poem 'Sometimes'. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,017 Points Naveed Akram (8/2/2007 5:26:00 PM)

    The speaker is the person I am familiar with, and acquire a thinking method from. It is a rather clever thinking mode he switches, with moods and moments the road has diverged. The ‘undergrowth’ is definitely a scary topic for the road to be two roads, and adds more horror and not just scare or fear. He is scaring us into finding us the right route in life. He reckons the comparison, or analogy, is a real and strong truth. He is supporting this argument with clever conciseness, and only the ‘undergrowth’ has connotations. It is truly a decision-making scheme the traveller is abiding by. The traveller is cautious and weary, by definition a man who has learnt from this time of a crucial nature. Danger is the thing of the past at the end of the poem, and he has succeeded in the general nature of life. One thing can make the difference between life and death, as he is telling us ‘this with a sigh’!
    It is beautiful to tell of this story, and the poem is thus a story-poem worth remembering to earn the right decision for you as well as the poetic speaker. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Denise F. (7/30/2007 1:06:00 AM)

    I remember this poem back when I was in 5th grade and I loved it..he is truly a legend and one of my favorite poets (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Francois Hoon (6/29/2007 6:18:00 PM)

    I mean what can we say about this poem - it is legend! I'm not sure where Robert got his inspiration from, but there is another place where this concept or message came from...
    Matthew 7: 13-14 (Bible/Word of God)
    'Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it.
    For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.'
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/francois-hoon (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kate Starr (4/29/2007 2:17:00 PM)

    There are many paths to life from which one can choose. But the difficulty comes when you have narrowed them down. This now becomes a difficult decision knowing the final two are more similar than different. Once made, though, you may secretly hope you’ll get another chance should you fail, but knowing yourself and your ways, you realize that won’t happen, so you muster up the courage to unashamedly accept the path you chose regardless, and you don’t look back. (Report) Reply

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