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(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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  • Rogelio Sabino (7/9/2009 12:32:00 PM)

    My interpretation to this poem is quite simple, it's just a story of having regrets and second thoughts.

    My best example for this are those people who took the wrong side and wasted their lives, but why? because they find it easier to pleasure themselves when doing bad things rather than being on the good side..

    c',) o

    'The hardest path to travel is the road to success.'

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  • Jake Simasko (6/24/2009 12:30:00 PM)

    who wants to bone? hahahahahha cause its funnnn

  • Life Poem (6/15/2009 11:38:00 AM)

    This is queer(my favorite)
    And inspires me to think ahead when I have my horrible, doubting, screaming, days.

  • James Cadden (6/9/2009 9:39:00 AM)

    To be selected as number seven in the top five hundred poem's I believe does a tragic injustice to a world of beautiful and brilliant poems. Frost in this poem describes the choices faced by everyone at some juncture of their lives as to which direction they take phylisophically the direction one pursues can only be woe'd by not making the most of your lot. Frost predicting that one day he will regret his choice is defeatist and ultimately defeats the purpose of his life choice.
    For such a brilliant mind and talented poet negativity ruins his brilliance please read 'A Christmas Childhood' by Patrick Kavanagh just one example of overlooked talent!

  • Lynn Glover (5/24/2009 8:45:00 PM)

    This is another of my all time favorites, no other poet like Frost I have read all of his poems He is great. Also read my O'er Yon Mountain. I think you'll like it also.

  • Kathy Dolbier (5/18/2009 9:44:00 PM)

    This must be my favorite poem of all times. I have no idea how sexual orientation becomes an issue when reading this poem! ! This is not a 'gray' area to be thought through. It's simply a beautiful poem about the choices we make in life and how by making those choices - it can and does make all the difference.....

  • Abbie Salter (5/16/2009 12:11:00 PM)

    Frost was married and had six children, after his wife's death he had various other female lovers. He has never been quoted as describing himself as gay.

  • Alex Snyder (5/10/2009 7:05:00 PM)

    I doubt this poem is about the 'gay or straight' path, it's about the choices we take in life, and that by the end of our lives, 'somewhere ages and ages hence, ' we'll look back and wonder what could have been of our lives had we made different choices. When we come to crossroads in our lives, we can only take one path. We can't go back and take a mulligan.

  • Dave Gray (5/10/2009 5:45:00 PM)

    This meaning of this poem is simple. Frost said this himself. It's about either taking the 'Gay' path or the 'Straight' path.
    Thats it.
    Frost was gay and this tells of his feeling on having to take one path ie. gay and not the more worn 'straight' path. Stop adding meaning thats not there it drives me nuts.

  • Abbie Salter (5/4/2009 8:45:00 AM)

    This is meant to be one of the most commonly misinterpreted poems of all time. A lot of people believe, as i did when i first read it, that this poem is about being courageous and different; taking risks and it being ultimately the better decision. However, on studying it further it seems to me Frost intended to imply the exact opposite. The path the narrator takes is not less travelled by, but 'worn' 'about the same' as the other. They 'equally lay/ In leaves no step had trodden black'. It is nice to think that our decisions shape our future and being daring is ultimately beneficial but in my opinion Frost's tone is ironic. We like to tell ourselves that the paths we take in life dictate where we are now but in fact many paths lead to the same destination. Please feel free to disagree with me!

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