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
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

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.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Friday, May 17, 2013

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  • imagine Patterson (7/16/2014 9:57:00 PM)

    This poem is actually about how our choices do not matter and things happen. An example of this would be when Robert Frost says, Though as for that the passing there, Had worn them really about the same, . This means that the road were basically the same. He also states this when he discusses how they equally lay. (Report) Reply

  • Aslam Marikar (7/10/2014 1:17:00 PM)

    I took the road most traveled.
    The other that dipped at the horizon;
    for I was sure a crowd would keep me warm
    For i was sure not to loose my self.
    Albeit to you Mr. Frost
    I say thank you,
    your journey and the journey of those like you
    make whole the map that leads to eternity. (Report) Reply

  • Nancy Oyula (7/10/2014 12:56:00 AM)

    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference....... Got that (Report) Reply

  • Rajaguru Kar Balan (7/5/2014 7:47:00 AM)

    'I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.'

    Well said Robert! !

    Even I took a such road! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/11/2014 3:48:00 AM)

    while recited the poem in my mind along with the video record I was in a perfect emotion of soothing effect and peace in my mind and no doubt this is not telling a bit of exaggeration but a fact I felt. This poetess have shown her brilliance of poetical talent in few lines where the best of path the diverged roads in the wood selected that I feel is the path of poetry the rare people with gifted talent only can select. Thank you poet in having got such a poem in the mind and also in the media on our attention as readers. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Wanyiri (5/5/2014 8:41:00 AM)

    A nice poem to think about... there is wisdom and a gift. all wrapped up in The Road Not Taken! (Report) Reply

  • Nathan Coppedge (4/28/2014 12:14:00 PM)

    I recommend my poems as a contrast to the above: The Cubic Wood, a longer poem, as well as Escape and Do Not Follow in the Footsteps.

    They are available on my profile. (Report) Reply

  • Debrah Amos (4/28/2014 5:36:00 AM)

    I just memorized it the first time I read it, for I don't want to forget; I can't afford to forget this wisdom: The Road Not Taken! (Report) Reply

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