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
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Comments about The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  • 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

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  • 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 Brandy Reese (4/22/2009 1:38:00 PM)

    fav poem i love robert frost (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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jonathan Berry (2/13/2009 1:02:00 PM)

    Fantastic read! I'm so glad I clicked here! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 28 Points Denvor Fernandez (2/7/2009 12:25:00 AM)

    A poem which summerises the uniqueness in every human's life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

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

    beautiful message

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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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