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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  • Stephen Shindler (2/6/2012 1:37:00 PM)

    The road not taken is the road less traveled. And the road less traveled is more time spent on the xbox. I don't see a down side... (Report) Reply

  • David Warnock (2/1/2012 1:16:00 PM)

    This is without doubt the most misread poem ever written. This is a very cynical poem. To paraphrase: I came to a fork in the road. They were both the same. When I am older, I will say I took the one less traveled. It is a poem about our gargantuan capacity for self delusion. (Report) Reply

  • David Warnock (2/1/2012 1:13:00 PM)

    This is with out doubt the most misread poem ever written. This is a very cynical poem. To paraphrase: I came to a fork in the road. They were both the same. When I am older, I will say I took the one less traveled. It is a poem about our gargantuan capacity for self delusion (Report) Reply

  • David Warnock (2/1/2012 1:10:00 PM)

    This is with out doubt the most misread poem ever written. This is a very cynical poem. To paraphrase: I came to a fork in the road. They were both the same. When I am older, I will say I took the one less traveled. It is a poem about our gargantuan capacity for self delusion. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra J. (1/31/2012 12:04:00 PM)

    I think He thought it was the road less traveled, when in fact in many cases, the controversial decisions we make are the road less traveled, thus making life what it was always meant to be..what is that you ask? Who can know. (Report) Reply

  • Margaret Hill (1/29/2012 11:31:00 AM)

    Someone once asked Robert Frost what the hidden meaning was in this poem. He simple responded by saying there was no hidden meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Niles Henley (1/23/2012 4:49:00 PM)

    It seems a lot of people have misinterpreted the meaning of this poem. It is not in fact, as many seem to have interpreted, about the decision one makes in life, but why one has made that decision. Indeed, in the last stanza, Frost remarks how, ironically, he shall be telling [] with a sigh how he took the one less travelled by when actually the passing there had worn them really about the same. This makes much sense when you take into consideration that Frost himself was unhappy with the road he had taken in life i.e. his profession. To paraphrase my earlier point, Frost's poem tells us that it's not one's decisions in life that defines who we are, but our character. Essentially, the two roads are the same. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 137 Points Joe Breunig (1/23/2012 2:55:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite Frost poems; as noted in the last stanza, making the right decision makes the difference in the course of one's life!

    -Joe Breunig
    Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory
    A Journey Of... Poetic Purpose (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 137 Points Lawrence H (1/20/2012 7:05:00 PM)

    This is a very good poem for reflection of our life path we taken and going to take..Most people take easy path to life and they encounter many obstacles along the way too...If we take a road less travel, maybe we can learn much better as a person and a poet...Success is not an overnight matter, it takes many sacrifices and intelligent efforts to reach our aim or achieving our dream. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 137 Points Abby Fancher (1/20/2012 2:47:00 PM)

    Well-written and very philosophical. I very much like this poem, as well as many others of Robert Frost'. I like the simple meaning of his poems, and also the meaning that has comforted me through some very ruff times. This poem is amazing in it's deep meaning and, when we studied it in school, it taught me much and I am probably a much better person (at least better educated!) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 231 Points Justin Reamer (1/19/2012 6:52:00 PM)

    The poem is very well-written. It is philosophical. Robert Frost tells us that we can choose any path we can in life. In his poem, he has made a hard adult decision, and he chose the road less travelled. He chose the right path. Thus, he tells us we can take another path, as well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 231 Points Kadombini Paromita (1/11/2012 8:17:00 AM)

    A highly philosophical poem. Forst gives us a philosophy that we are free to choose but we do'nt really know beforehand what we are choosing between. I love Robert Forst. Forst's poems start with pleasure and ends with wisdom... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Judith Furedi (12/26/2011 11:42:00 AM)

    One of my all time favorites. I heard it read aloud and it is even better. The cadences are extraordinary. The medium is the message. The message is not all that complicated - however, this is one of the finest examples of what poetry should be. The sound and the meaning intertwined. It soars. (Report) Reply

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