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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Danzen D. (12/18/2008 6:35:00 AM)

    Great poem! A poem with wisdom in its words, flowing with knowledge and sharing. Frost tells about his choosing a path less taken (less traveled by) and in the end, it has made all the difference. Sometimes, in our society today, this road less taken, are choices involving a lot of risks, only few dare take it. The two paths may represent two choices in a very crucial decision. Once taken, there is no turning back. In some part in the last, Frost seems to be regretting something. It is not directly pointed out that he regretted the path he chose but he is a bit sad in the inevitability of that crucial decision on one's life. (Report) Reply

  • Archana N (12/15/2008 12:57:00 PM)

    I love the way the poet looks at future and importance of making decisions. Its just a momentary decision that alters our lifetime. We always pause to take a decision, but that pause seems endless, with the array of oppurtunities arising in every bend of life (Report) Reply

  • Elbert Matt Loubser (12/15/2008 8:16:00 AM)

    Ah! It is good to read an old classic. Frost really is a superb poet. The tail of this poem a very popular quote. I wonder what this man would have done if he had to choose between walking over a bridge and swimming over the river... (Report) Reply

  • Business Hippie (11/26/2008 5:15:00 PM)

    beautiful message

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  • Heidi Haskell (11/20/2008 1:15:00 PM)

    Oi! Robert Quilter -
    do you dislike all poetry to 'have a message', or are you just disinclined towards preachiness? because if it's the former, Heaven forbid a poem have a point! (Report) Reply

  • Krista Churchill (11/19/2008 1:40:00 AM)

    i like how you wrote this.. its confusing but its okay.. Life can be hard at times.. Confusion does sometimes take over.. hold your head high.. Great piece of work (Report) Reply

  • Milan Kaplan (11/14/2008 5:51:00 PM)

    To Lu Wenchao:
    I don't think that you understand the poem since your interpretation leaves out the final line.

    Yes, you can spend all your life wondering what could have been if you did this or that differently. But that is a little banal after some time, isn't it?

    What Frost says is that he chose a road less trodden, less used. That is, he chose his inner impulse instead of tradition and such choice has its consequenses since you are alienated from most people who naturally choose well-trodden paths (therefore they are well-trodden) . Leading such life you have few (or no) authorities to rely on - such life is difficult in a way but it is also absorbing - as it is obvious only few dare... (Report) Reply

  • Lu Wenchao (11/2/2008 8:27:00 AM)

    I appreciate this poem very much.The road not taken is really about the deep sorrow of the life.That you have many choices in this world, but you can only choose one.This kind of sorrow has its roots in the time.What I mean is that, the time is like a strecthing line, which can never go back when it passed.So we can only take one possibility of life, which will makes us sad.In the ancient Chinese poems, there are lots of poems concrening the theme of time, but they are very different from this poem.In the Chinese poem, the time is flowing like the river, day and night.So the people will think of the past time and feel a sad mood.What makes them sad is not the choices exsiting in the same time, but the choices between the past and the now. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Quilter (9/16/2008 2:53:00 PM)

    im not sure this is a poem, i can 'like', but its a poem i can appreciate.
    as an earlier poster said, its full of remose of what could have been..he's saying he 'shall be telling this with a sigh...'.
    i don't 'like' poems that try to put forward messages, images are everything and if they provoke a few feelings..great.! (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (9/15/2008 12:09:00 AM)

    The way we choose makes all the difference.True, quite often we think what could be what if we chose the other way! But alas! There remains no way to return to the wood where the roads diverged. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen West (7/25/2008 10:01:00 AM)

    It's probably all been said
    He is is just about everybody's top ten
    Certainly in mine
    But what do I know.
    I have Marriot Edgar in my top ten too.! (Report) Reply

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