Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

The Road Not Taken - Poem by Robert Frost

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.


Comments about The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  • Chukwunonso Chukwudobe (6/20/2016 8:57:00 AM)

    As I read through the poem The Road Not Taken, I could only reflect on some choices not made either because I listened to so many voice or I just heard my mind tell me on the inside I couldn't toll that path. Many times I ignored the road not less travelled, no significant difference few years down, but now little difference has the road much travelled made. I so wish I had taken the road less travelled, who knows like Robert Frost it could have all the difference. (Report) Reply

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  • Tom Roderick (6/10/2016 8:50:00 AM)

    One of the best assignments I ever completed in college was to write my auto-biography. Reflecting on it I realized the many choices I had made, some seemed good and some seemed bad, but were they? No one knows the impact momentary, seemingly insignificant, choices we make can completely change our lives. That's when I understood Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. (Report) Reply

  • Vincent Somto Vincent Somto (6/9/2016 2:51:00 AM)

    When we do the things not usually done by others or when we travel a course different from the path of the crowd that only makes a difference, great poem there Robert frost (Report) Reply

    Preston Morimondo (6/9/2016 8:30:00 AM)

    But that's not what he says. The two paths weren't really different from one another. He just says that they were years later.

  • Nikki D (6/1/2016 8:25:00 PM)

    This poem actually makes you feel something rather than feeling empty, Robert Frost is an all time favorite for me. (Report) Reply

  • Negro Smasher (6/1/2016 2:32:00 PM)

    its really insiteful because at the start he talked about a road not taken and in the end he took one toad and not another which means that one of them was not taken. kind of weird how to predicted the future. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Mausser (5/11/2016 7:42:00 PM)

    This poem is not in fact about the supposed merit of taking the road less traveled. It's really about reevaluating the choices you've made in life, and hoping, sometimes wistfully, that you've made the best decisions in the end. That is the dilemma the speaker faces at the end of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Vincent Piccolantonio (5/11/2016 2:13:00 PM)

    Great poem very good to red to kids of all ages to teach them about going above and beyond (Report) Reply

  • Aaron Harris Aaron Harris (4/30/2016 9:49:00 PM)

    I found this poem on a spiritual journey. A road at times it seems less traveled by. That for me has made all the difference. Praise the Lord! (Report) Reply

  • Atu-wonders Osim Atu-wonders Osim (4/27/2016 9:37:00 AM)

    It is the roughest path that leads to victory; choose the way of life that seems difficult to live and you will never regret doing so. Thank you so much, Robert Frost. (Report) Reply

    Preston Morimondo (6/9/2016 8:31:00 AM)

    But that's not what the poem says. Re-read the second stanza.

  • Frank Hodgins (4/22/2016 4:17:00 AM)

    A book title, 'The Road Less Treavelled' is probably based on this excellent poem. - Pity about the book, what an insult to a magnificient poem. Frank (Report) Reply

  • Toyiring Tom Sheyin Toyiring Tom Sheyin (4/19/2016 3:51:00 PM)

    nice (Report) Reply

  • Toyiring Tom Sheyin Toyiring Tom Sheyin (4/19/2016 3:50:00 PM)

    nice (Report) Reply

  • Owen Yang Owen Yang (4/4/2016 2:18:00 PM)

    This has to be one of the most wrongly interpreted poems of all time. (Report) Reply

  • Sonali Ganguly Sonali Ganguly (4/3/2016 11:25:00 PM)

    beautiful composition with a beautiful message..... i just love the poem (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul Jez Brul (3/30/2016 5:39:00 PM)

    The author was torn between two choices in life...just like many of us...our choices always make a difference! (Report) Reply

    Dip Virginia Dip Virginia (4/13/2016 2:48:00 PM)

    really......I've face such a situation but unable to choose

  • Antonio Williams (3/28/2016 10:57:00 AM)

    And having perhaps the better claim.Because it was grassy and wanted wear...Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back this is a great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Ujjaval Shah (3/28/2016 2:25:00 AM)

    Maybe you can keep the poems analysis (Report) Reply

  • Kiran Kukreja (3/27/2016 9:35:00 AM)

    We all make our own unique choices and look back later on, am sure with the same feelings. There is no turning back in life, ever.Paths seem to have a mind.

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Dorina Neculce Dorina Neculce (3/19/2016 2:44:00 AM)

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/17/2016 12:56:00 PM)

    Just wonderful poem... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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