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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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  • Barry Middleton (11/20/2013 3:22:00 PM)

    Easy to see why this poem is near the top of the favorites. The thought is utterly simple yet universal. We all feel unique and we all look back with both regret and gratitude. The imagery is perfection, the road of life and the roads we choose often without much thought make all the difference in our lives. (Report) Reply

  • Rithika G (11/9/2013 11:26:00 PM)

    I love this poem about being something different.....taking the risky path in life Robert Frost tells about being in Englang or goin back and beinning with the scratch...and was successful in his life.! (Report) Reply

  • Ashlee Vandyken (11/7/2013 10:16:00 AM)

    I love this poem, as i always have. To me it means following your own individual path instead the paths of other, which is what i aim for. I strive to be my own unique person. (Report) Reply

  • Poems 7137 (11/4/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    I love this poem a lot.. :) Robert Frost expresses as to how sometimes when we are at a crossroad in life and how the decision becomes conflicting as neither road is a promising one. One seems conventionally acceptable and the other looks less obvious; but at the same time not promising a long-term reward. It is only less obvious. It is then it becomes a matter of an individual choice and taking responsibility with everything that follows with it. He also adds a slight humor in the end when he conveys that when a person indeed makes an unexpected decision like the other road; how he/she wears a unique air around oneself - I shall be telling this with a sigh; Somewhere ages and ages hence.......And that had made all the difference. When in fact it was just a matter of To each, his own.. (Report) Reply

  • Poems 7137 (11/4/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    I love this poem a lot. :) Robert Frost expresses as to how sometimes when we are at a crossroad in life and how the decision becomes conflicting as neither road is a promising one. One seems conventionally acceptable and the other looks less obvious; but at the same time not promising a long-term reward. It is only less obvious. It is then it becomes a matter of an individual choice and taking responsibility with everything that follows with it. He also adds a slight humor in the end when he conveys that when a person indeed makes an unexpected decision like the other road; how he/she wears a unique air around oneself - I shall be telling this with a sigh; Somewhere ages and ages hence.......And that had made all the difference. When in fact it was just a matter of To each, his own.. (Report) Reply

  • Zubiya Surti (11/1/2013 2:37:00 AM)

    In Robert Frost's time if you choose poetry writing as your profession you are inviting your doom, as most of the poets of that time used to be poppers.But he still chased his dream and became world famous.'A BOY'S WILL' is his writing piece which has the same idea.So whether this poem highlights his regret or not......is interesting! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Colin Beard (10/17/2013 11:48:00 AM)

    I see this as more of a poem of regret. From Frost's word choice, And sorry I could not travel both, we get a hint that he regrets the road he took, as well as the line in the last stanza, I shall be telling this with a sigh. But that's only my opinion. The beauty of this poem is that it can be interpreted many ways. Despite the way you put it, it will always be one of my favorite poems ever written. (Report) Reply

  • Cornelis W. Schoneveld (10/16/2013 3:51:00 PM)

    A Life Course not Followed

    A Short Story by Robert Frost

    On my journey through life I recently had to make a choice between two possible ways to follow next. I was somewhat disappointed that I could only take one of them. After a long hesitation I did make a choice and decided at the same time that at some date and place in a far away future I would sighingly spread the word (as I also do now) that of the two I had chosen the way fewer people had followed, although when I made the decision I did not know that- only that I considered the one direction somewhat obscure in outlook and the other slightly more fresh and attractive, while at the same having to admit that they were actually pretty much of the same pristine character. I did realise though that there would be very little chance that I could ever retrace my steps. So I decided that in my future account I would add to my choice of the less common option that this had made all the difference - whether good or bad I would wisely leave unsaid, since it was impossible know then; I could only guess that the difference might be huge. And to add to the confusion I chose a title (as you can see) implying that this story would be about the other option, which of course I had no experience of and thus neither could nor did say anything further about.

    Afterword: I am so pleased that this story has inspired such a large number of especially young people in the United States of America, and elsewhere in the world. R.F. (Report) Reply

  • Nicole Reyes (10/15/2013 10:56:00 PM)

    It doesn't matter if the choice we have made either a good one or a bad one for our future, as long as you stand for what you believe in and not just depending on the decisions of others. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/15/2013 10:51:00 AM)

    Our lives can often come to such a pass
    Of two roads diverging in the yellow wood
    And like Frost we too must decide alas
    Which be better for our long term good.... (Report) Reply

  • William Reading (10/8/2013 1:58:00 PM)

    I love how this poem is read and interpreted. I feel like Frost is messing with everyone because of it and it's funny. I may be right, may be wrong, but I like to think it's about people making choices and, regardless of the choice, look back and create meaning on whatever they did to make it seem like it was worth something.

    Taking a certain road does make a difference in the long run, but the overall meaning is always over-exaggerated later in life. Not always per se, but you catch my drift. Humans tend to want existential meaning for everything, why can't the road just be a road?

    Hopefully I conveyed my thoughts how I wanted, it is a great poem regardless of its meaning (it doesn't need meaning, right?) . Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (10/6/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    He stumbles along, with pen in hand, a country road, his thought so bland, a fork in the road, with his ego's distortions, becomes a conundrum of monumental proportions, and so with tedium we travel with this bore, and all one can hope is that the trail he took, was so much longer, that his feet got sore (Report) Reply

  • Tana Congi (9/30/2013 4:25:00 PM)

    Regarding Lauren's comments, in my opinion, a common error in interpretation has been made. You can't take single lines out of a poem of this magnitude and get the correct meaning. You have to look at the entire work as a whole. Yes, if you look at the single line quoted, it does appear as though he's saying they're equal:

    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.

    However, take into consideration the complete stanza containing that line, as well as the first two lines of the third stanza and you get a different meaning:

    Then took the other, as 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,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.

    When looking at the complete statement and not omitting the beginning of it, he's saying that considering the traffic that each had had, they were really about the same. So, yes, they are worn equally if you factor in the number of people who had taken each path. Each person had individually worn the path about the same but seeing as how only a few had taken the one path, it was obviously going to be less worn than the one that had been traveled by many.

    It's true he's not saying that one is any better than the other, but they are, indeed, different, and that it does make a difference which path you take. However, once you take that path, it might not be possible to go back and change the path you're on. The events in one's life do have a domino effect and it just keeps on going, one thing leading to another.

    However, by using a more abstract word like doubted, rather than the more definitive word knew, he does leave room for exceptions. Yes, some people might be able to go back and change some things but he doubts that will be his case. The path he chooses WILL make the difference and that’s the whole point of the poem. He knows his choices today will influence what happens in his future and what he becomes, including how he's viewed by those who choose to take the more common path.

    To me, it's more about owning up to the choices you make and accepting any consequences, good or bad, than it is about being unconventional. He did take the unconventional path but not necessarily to make a statement about being unconventional. As Jer stated, it's a mental debate that you must make for yourself. Yet even as you take that first step down the one less traveled by or the other, you must do so knowing that you're accountable for that choice and whatever may come as a result from it. And following Debora's thoughts, sometimes following your heart and taking that road might harder, but it's the one you chose and that's what matters. Following that clear, well-worn road might be the easiest path, but is that what you truly want? Are you doing it for yourself or for others? Is there any true adventure or even satisfaction in following in the footsteps of so many others? No path is going to be perfect so even admitting with a sigh that you know you’re going to look back and think about what might have happened had the other road been taken, you move forward, prepared for the future ahead of you.

    Speaking from experience, my life isn't perfect but I've had a lot of adventures. It's been hard at times and I've hurt others by my choices, as I've not always done what they think I should do, but I can’t say I regret my choices. I'm not looking back on life wondering what if I would have taken that other road. I'm not turning around and trying to go back to try that other path. Even if I could, it wouldn't be the same as if I had taken it to begin with, as the experiences I've had along the road I chose have given me more experiences that have reshaped my way of thinking and who I am. I can't go back, no one truly can. Everything we do makes us who we are, what we are. We have to look to the future knowing that every choice, every road does make all the difference. We have to accept that and more bravely forward, knowing we can't undo that which has been done. (Report) Reply

  • Jer Nisha (9/30/2013 9:40:00 AM)

    i love this poem.. specially because, At last he took the road less travelled by.. this shows the human nature of hesitation to take a new path.. and also it seem to be a mental debate between mind and heart.. And it teach us the courage to take decision boldly.. (Report) Reply

  • Jer Nisha (9/30/2013 9:40:00 AM)

    i love this poem.. specially because, At last he took the road less travelled by.. this shows the human nature of hesitation to take a new path.. and also it seem to be a mental debate between mind and heart.. And it teach us the courage to take decision boldly.. (Report) Reply

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