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 Business Hippie (11/26/2008 5:15:00 PM)

    beautiful message

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  • Rookie Heidi Haskell (11/20/2008 1:15:00 PM)

    Oi! Robert Quilter -
    do you dislike all poetry to 'have a message', or are you just disinclined towards preachiness? because if it's the former, Heaven forbid a poem have a point! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Krista Churchill (11/19/2008 1:40:00 AM)

    i like how you wrote this.. its confusing but its okay.. Life can be hard at times.. Confusion does sometimes take over.. hold your head high.. Great piece of work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Milan Kaplan (11/14/2008 5:51:00 PM)

    To Lu Wenchao:
    I don't think that you understand the poem since your interpretation leaves out the final line.

    Yes, you can spend all your life wondering what could have been if you did this or that differently. But that is a little banal after some time, isn't it?

    What Frost says is that he chose a road less trodden, less used. That is, he chose his inner impulse instead of tradition and such choice has its consequenses since you are alienated from most people who naturally choose well-trodden paths (therefore they are well-trodden) . Leading such life you have few (or no) authorities to rely on - such life is difficult in a way but it is also absorbing - as it is obvious only few dare... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lu Wenchao (11/2/2008 8:27:00 AM)

    I appreciate this poem very much.The road not taken is really about the deep sorrow of the life.That you have many choices in this world, but you can only choose one.This kind of sorrow has its roots in the time.What I mean is that, the time is like a strecthing line, which can never go back when it passed.So we can only take one possibility of life, which will makes us sad.In the ancient Chinese poems, there are lots of poems concrening the theme of time, but they are very different from this poem.In the Chinese poem, the time is flowing like the river, day and night.So the people will think of the past time and feel a sad mood.What makes them sad is not the choices exsiting in the same time, but the choices between the past and the now. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,558 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/18/2008 10:12:00 AM)

    This has always been one of my favorite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robert Quilter (9/16/2008 2:53:00 PM)

    im not sure this is a poem, i can 'like', but its a poem i can appreciate.
    as an earlier poster said, its full of remose of what could have been..he's saying he 'shall be telling this with a sigh...'.
    i don't 'like' poems that try to put forward messages, images are everything and if they provoke a few feelings..great.! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 203 Points Palas Kumar Ray (9/15/2008 12:09:00 AM)

    The way we choose makes all the difference.True, quite often we think what could be what if we chose the other way! But alas! There remains no way to return to the wood where the roads diverged. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen West (7/25/2008 10:01:00 AM)

    It's probably all been said
    He is is just about everybody's top ten
    Certainly in mine
    But what do I know.
    I have Marriot Edgar in my top ten too.! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aswathi Nair K (6/27/2008 6:35:00 AM)

    The Road Not Taken................this poem has inspired me from the moment i was introduced to it by my teacher in school. The poet has illustrated the saying 'Winners dont do different things, they do things differently' with this poem. The less trodden path will always hav many uncleared bushes n obstacles but at the end it will have its own share of beauty that few people hav ever seen. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jessica Jemima (6/24/2008 6:15:00 AM)

    Fantastic!
    I love it because it's like life... you may choose to take the path that not many have taken before, and you mayn't be able to take the other.

    A bzillion thumbs up! =) (Report) Reply

  • 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 Shawntee Messmer (5/21/2008 9:09:00 AM)

    well I think that robert frost is a really cool poet and his poetry is fantastic (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 - 0 Points Nomi Mas (2/8/2008 6:53:00 AM)

    Timeless. That line is so universal, beyond compare. (Report) Reply



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