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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Prajyut Kar (7/4/2015 2:33:00 AM)

    And that has make all the difference............... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 427 Points Frank Blacharczyk (7/3/2015 1:57:00 PM)

    A nice poem about taking chances. Sometimes to succeed we must get away from the 'pack' mentality and take a more difficult challenge to our goals and success. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phil Coggins (6/26/2015 4:43:00 PM)

    Arrogance (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dr Swapan Debnath (6/24/2015 11:19:00 AM)

    This is really universal. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Missy Raven (6/20/2015 10:22:00 AM)

    If I had to sum up my whole life in one single poem, hands down, it would be this one. Small, simple words can have the biggest, deepest meanings. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Firabella Rose (6/19/2015 11:40:00 PM)

    I absolutely love this poem. I just love Robert frost in general he can say so much by saying so little. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,804 Points Edgar Stevens (6/11/2015 9:14:00 AM)

    one must read this poem every week to get inspired more (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 21 Points Roger Roth (6/9/2015 2:24:00 PM)

    I've done a lot of thinking about this poem. The last stanza is key. The speaker anticipating in the end that he'll probably lie to himself and say he took the tougher of the two roads and his courage paid off. Or, that the road he took was, unbeknown to him, tougher, he prevailed, and things worked out. Bottom line, if you take one of two roads, you have no way of knowing what taking the other might have meant to you.

    Readers who think this is about choosing the less traveled road as a badge of courage are misunderstanding this poem. It's not that simple and Frost even called it tricky. Personally, I don't know how an average person who is not in the throes of their life's retrospect in the face of mortality can really understand what Frost is saying. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 21 Points Roger Roth (6/7/2015 2:01:00 PM)

    I don't get it. Frost's roads are equal and equally traveled, yet in the end, he says he took the one less traveled. Then he says that has made all the difference. This may be true, but how is one to know how things would turn out had you taken the other road? Of course, a different road is going to get you to a different place, but he's implying, isn't he, that the second road got him to a better place. How can he know that, unless his point is about acceptance? The other thing that troubles me is his failure to acknowledge a third road, which is that all important detour many people have successfully taken in their lives. Maybe I'm too literal. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 43,993 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/6/2015 5:20:00 AM)

    Frost is what I call A Forever Poet'', meaning, he is an appealing and marketable icon for both the classic and contemporary audience, and all literary genres...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Alan Bryant (5/25/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    What is everyone on about! It's quite blatantly ironic and is saying we tend to overcomplicate things, and choices don't really matter. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ernest Opoku Gilbert (5/25/2015 7:29:00 AM)

    we have a choice in life, so there the two roads before you. i love Robert Frost. and his poem the road not taken (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 390 Points Ovi-enita Odiete (5/24/2015 8:31:00 AM)

    The poem is beautiful, giving a sense of choice when faced with a herculean task ahead. I can relate with it and I am sure everyone can. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Geovani Nunes (5/23/2015 11:50:00 PM)

    The poem: 'The Road not taken' is a beautiful poem; it talks about the choices we can make in life.
    We, sometimes, can be in doubt when we face some situations in which we should take a decision that can change our lives. This happens because we cannot know for sure what it will happen in the future, and we fear the possible consequences.
    This poem helped me too much, and now I took a decision that changed my life: I asked the love of my live in marriage, and now I am so happy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Geovani Nunes (5/23/2015 11:47:00 PM)

    'The Road not taken' is a beautiful poem, it talks about the choices we can make in life.
    We, sometimes, can be in doubt when we face some situations in which we should take a decision that can change our lives. This happens because we can't know for sure what it will happen in the future, and we fear the possible consequences.
    This poem helped me too much, and now I took a decision that changed my life: I asked the love of my live in marriage, and now i'm so happy. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,475 Points Allotey Abossey (5/22/2015 1:39:00 AM)

    We'll always be met with choices, we've got to be bold enough to make one. God bless you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 247 Points Colin Cedar Bell (5/19/2015 8:24:00 AM)

    Had only many times heard about the last lines, but never read the whole. Glad I did now, simple and beautiful, an insight into life in a few words-what a poem should be. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,870 Points Margaret O Driscoll (5/19/2015 4:41:00 AM)

    Choices, decisions, looking back, going your own path, there's so much in this poem, brilliant! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Larry Smith (5/18/2015 12:28:00 PM)

    Both roads were about the same (the passing there had worn them really about the same, and equally lay in leaves no step had trodden) . So, was it a sigh of satisfaction? That the road less traveled was the wiser, better choice, and the poet is glad he made that decision? It could just as well have been a sigh of disappointment that THAT road was a poor choice and the poet mourns the lost opportunity to take the other path. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,445 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/15/2015 8:13:00 AM)

    The last stanza is a bomb
    and i get to read this a lot of times already and never get tired of it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 7, 2014


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