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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  • Rookie Cristina Mejia (7/14/2009 8:43:00 PM)

    Based on what I've understood on this poem, I think that this poem may inspire many people to choose what's best for them. Many people are not sure of the road that they want to go but with God's help and strength, we can choose correctly. Based on my interpretation of the poem, the author, at first, didn't know what road to choose. In the second stanza, the author said that he had taken the other road because it seems that the road is less traveled by and has less traffic. But then he said that the two roads looks just the same.

    Also as I interpreted the poem, I can see that the author wanted to turn back and try the other road. But he changes his decision and continue to his decision because he knows that time is short. So based on my over all interpretation of the poem, I think that what the author would like to say is that decisions in our life are easy to say but if we make it, it's difficult because we always have this 'doubt' that whatever we choose, we always have in mind that 'what if'. I also think that the author wanted us to know that making decisions has a lot of sacrifices to do because in every decision that we make, there would always be consequences. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Babylyn Cajes (7/14/2009 7:24:00 PM)

    ROBERT FROST IS THE AUTHOR OF THE POEM THE ROAD NOT TAKEN. HE WROTE SOME POEMS AND ALSO BOOKS THAT GAVE EXPLANATION ON WHY HUMANS ARE THE ACT AS THEY ARE. THE AUTHOR USED LOTS OF SYMBOLISM AND DIFFERENT INTRICATE WORDS THAT MADE THE POEM STRIKING TO THE READERS. THIS POEM, “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN” EXPLAINED THAT EACH OF INDIVIDUAL FACING INTO TWO OPPOSITE OPTIONS IN LIFE. THE TWO ROADS IN THE POEM MAY SYMBOLIZE EITHER THE IMPEDIMENT OR TRIUMPH. IT CAN BE ALSO SYMBOLIZE INTO TWO UNLIKE DECISIONS. THE AUTHOR USED PECULIAR WAYS TO RHYME ALL THE WORDS. THE AUTHOR DIDN’T USE LOT OF RHYTHMS BUT IT WAS HARD TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT SHOULD BE READ TWICE OR THRICE TO IDENTIFY THE ACCURATE MEANING OF THE POEM. HE ALSO USED FASCINATING SENTENCE FORMATION. THE AUTHOR DIDN’T SAY WHICH OF THE TWO ROADS HE OPTED TO. HE ALSO USED LOTS OF METAPHOR THAT MAKES THE POEM SO MEANINGFUL.
    THE AUTHOR SAYS THAT HE MAKES THE DECISION TO TAKE ONE OF THE ROADS, ALTHOUGH NOT SAYING EXACTLY WHICH ONE. HE CHOSE THE ONE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT AT THE TIME THAT IT WAS BETTER LOOKING, MORE PURE AND EASIER TO LOOK AT AND TRAVEL. BUT THEN HE GOES ON TO LOOK AT THE OTHER PATH AND NOTICES THAT THEY BOTH LOOK ABOUT THE SAME. THE AUTHOR USES A GREAT DEAL OF METAPHORS, I MEAN AFTER ALL HE’S TALKING ABOUT A MAIN THEME OF WHICH CHOICE IN LIFE HE SHOULD MAKE. THE AUTHOR CONFUSED WHICH TWO ROADS SHOULD HE GO BY, EITHER MOST TRAVELED BY OR TAKING THE PATH LESS TRAVELED BY BUT STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT COULD BE HAPPEN. IN THE LAST STANZA THE AUTHOR CHOSE THE ROAD IN WHICH PEOPLE LESS TRAVELED BY THAT MAY ALTER HIS LIFE INTO SOMETHING NEW.
    IN REAL LIFE, INDIVIDUAL LIKE I AM STRUGGLE ALSO SOMETIMES TWO UNLIKE DECISIONS. I MAY CONFUSE WHAT DECISION I AM GOING TO TAKE BECAUSE I ALSO CONSIDER WHAT MIGHT BE THE EFFECT OF IT ON ME. EACH OF US SOMETIMES CONFRONTED WITH SUCH UNLIKE COMPLICATED SITUATIONS THAT NEED TO THINK WISELY IN ORDER TO SATISFY OURSELVES OR GETTING WHAT WE PREFER TO. IT DEPENDS TO AN INDIVIDUAL ON HOW SHE FACE AND WHAT TO DO IN ORDER TO SOLVE HER PROBLEM.

    -BABES29 =) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Edlyn Kate Ado (7/13/2009 8:17:00 AM)

    Amazing it was brilliant, at first it was so confusing but when you read it carefully you will understand the meaning of the poem of Mr.Frost. For me the meaning of the poem is that we as humans are the one who control our own destiny, create the starting point of the future we wanted. Because we face the reality that we are responsible for what the outcome in our life is, as a whole person. We know GOD is the only one who knows the script like a story, the life he gave to us. But we as humans he created are the one's who will act for the role, free to do what we want. Doubt and regrets? only GOD want is have faith in him... In short being unique makes the difference, we choose our own path that we know in our self that it is the path that we wanted and happy to step up with to find who you truly are in this world. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rupert Domingo (7/12/2009 12:14:00 AM)

    uhm.. my interpretation to this poem is choosing the more easier path.. but in the end, he/she will only regret choosing the wrong way.unlike the other path, it's quite difficult but ahead to success. just like this quotation: 'The road to succes is dotted with many parking places, ' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rogelio Sabino (7/9/2009 12:32:00 PM)

    My interpretation to this poem is quite simple, it's just a story of having regrets and second thoughts.

    My best example for this are those people who took the wrong side and wasted their lives, but why? because they find it easier to pleasure themselves when doing bad things rather than being on the good side..

    c',) o

    'The hardest path to travel is the road to success.' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Life Poem (6/15/2009 11:38:00 AM)

    This is queer(my favorite)
    And inspires me to think ahead when I have my horrible, doubting, screaming, days. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Cadden (6/9/2009 9:39:00 AM)

    To be selected as number seven in the top five hundred poem's I believe does a tragic injustice to a world of beautiful and brilliant poems. Frost in this poem describes the choices faced by everyone at some juncture of their lives as to which direction they take phylisophically the direction one pursues can only be woe'd by not making the most of your lot. Frost predicting that one day he will regret his choice is defeatist and ultimately defeats the purpose of his life choice.
    For such a brilliant mind and talented poet negativity ruins his brilliance please read 'A Christmas Childhood' by Patrick Kavanagh just one example of overlooked talent! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lynn Glover (5/24/2009 8:45:00 PM)

    This is another of my all time favorites, no other poet like Frost I have read all of his poems He is great. Also read my O'er Yon Mountain. I think you'll like it also. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kathy Dolbier (5/18/2009 9:44:00 PM)

    This must be my favorite poem of all times. I have no idea how sexual orientation becomes an issue when reading this poem! ! This is not a 'gray' area to be thought through. It's simply a beautiful poem about the choices we make in life and how by making those choices - it can and does make all the difference..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Abbie Salter (5/16/2009 12:11:00 PM)

    Frost was married and had six children, after his wife's death he had various other female lovers. He has never been quoted as describing himself as gay. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alex Snyder (5/10/2009 7:05:00 PM)

    I doubt this poem is about the 'gay or straight' path, it's about the choices we take in life, and that by the end of our lives, 'somewhere ages and ages hence, ' we'll look back and wonder what could have been of our lives had we made different choices. When we come to crossroads in our lives, we can only take one path. We can't go back and take a mulligan. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dave Gray (5/10/2009 5:45:00 PM)

    This meaning of this poem is simple. Frost said this himself. It's about either taking the 'Gay' path or the 'Straight' path.
    Thats it.
    Frost was gay and this tells of his feeling on having to take one path ie. gay and not the more worn 'straight' path. Stop adding meaning thats not there it drives me nuts. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Abbie Salter (5/4/2009 8:45:00 AM)

    This is meant to be one of the most commonly misinterpreted poems of all time. A lot of people believe, as i did when i first read it, that this poem is about being courageous and different; taking risks and it being ultimately the better decision. However, on studying it further it seems to me Frost intended to imply the exact opposite. The path the narrator takes is not less travelled by, but 'worn' 'about the same' as the other. They 'equally lay/ In leaves no step had trodden black'. It is nice to think that our decisions shape our future and being daring is ultimately beneficial but in my opinion Frost's tone is ironic. We like to tell ourselves that the paths we take in life dictate where we are now but in fact many paths lead to the same destination. Please feel free to disagree with me! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jacob Courtney (4/3/2009 4:12:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems of all time. I heard it in the 9th grade and I have never forgotten it. It has inspired me to take that road not taken. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dawn Swinnie (3/25/2009 2:13:00 PM)

    I love this poem, one of my absolute favorites. I could listen to someone quote this all day long (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robert Quilter (2/24/2009 10:33:00 AM)

    Re; Ms.Haskell's earlier post.
    well as it was kind of referred to me, i guess i should respond.
    Many a time, i have thought long and hard about the mesage/point of a poem and indeed have come up with some wacky conclusions.
    Then frustrated, have done some research, and been a little surprised at the result.
    For example: Frost intended this as a private joke for a friend, who by the way, didn't get the joke...
    This is not my favorite Frost poem, but i can understand why this poem has attracted circa 69 comments on this site.
    I read poems, for the same reasons i read books....images, entertainment and sometimes education(i.e.a point) if it's not rammed down my throat by a bigoted, homophobic author who thinks he/she can change the world in 12 lines.
    By the way, i don't include Frost in that category.
    Hugs. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Chuang (2/17/2009 1:03:00 AM)

    I am not sure the true meaning of this poem. I read the poem in my English class, and if my teacher's interpretation isn't wrong, he doesn't take the road less travel by but the same old road. You can see the beginning of the last stanze'It shall be....'

    oh by the way, my teacher said this poem was made to trick people. I don't know if you are tricked or my teacher is tricked (Report) Reply

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