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 Robert Ellis (3/5/2008 8:41:00 PM)

    Have any of you taken the time to realize that the poem is one of more or less remorse? The poem is not about the road less traveled, it is about the road NOT taken. He isn't saying in the last line that he's glad, nor did he ever hint that either was less traveled, in fact he said 'Though as for that the passing there/Had worn them really about the same, ' Meaning both were traveled equally. And when he says 'I shall be telling this with a sigh/Somewhere ages and ages hence: ' he is saying somewhere down the line he's going to think to himself that perhaps he made the wrong choice even though he is trying to convince both him and others that it had made all the difference. Everyone should be able to understand this by simply reading it and not over analyzing it but taking each word at it's face value. But I suppose misinterpitation is expected when reading the words or a rhetorical geniouse. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Don Suseelan (2/19/2008 5:47:00 AM)

    'And that has made all the difference...' Any person who has taken the road less travelled can hear the sigh within his heart when he reads these lines. You maybe lonely in this road but you made the choice and you will live with it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yvonne Liggins (2/8/2008 7:38:00 AM)

    This poem is beautifully crafted and the content familiar to everyone poems are personal and are what they are they touch others in different ways depending on personal experience
    and circumstance. Nothing is to be gained by pulling them apart if you enjoy reading a peiece and it touches your heart that is enough (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nia Riz (2/7/2008 6:15:00 AM)

    Guess what! ? .....this poem came for my english exam....this same poem.....nd most of the students had to waste their time by reading the poem and then undestanding it.....but me.....as i loved this poem....and have read it before.....i could do th answers well......and i got full in the reading section/.....thanks a lot poemhunter.....for keeping this poem online (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nancy Chambers (1/29/2008 8:02:00 PM)

    I have loved this poem since I was a kid and I have always wanted to write like this but I took a different road. Now I am going back to 'the road not taken' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Charles Wiles (Best Love Poems) (12/2/2007 6:51:00 AM)

    This is the first poem I ever learned by heart and always an inspiration when I choose to take a different path. There is a small homage to this poem in the words of my poem 'Sometimes'. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,339 Points Naveed Akram (8/2/2007 5:26:00 PM)

    The speaker is the person I am familiar with, and acquire a thinking method from. It is a rather clever thinking mode he switches, with moods and moments the road has diverged. The ‘undergrowth’ is definitely a scary topic for the road to be two roads, and adds more horror and not just scare or fear. He is scaring us into finding us the right route in life. He reckons the comparison, or analogy, is a real and strong truth. He is supporting this argument with clever conciseness, and only the ‘undergrowth’ has connotations. It is truly a decision-making scheme the traveller is abiding by. The traveller is cautious and weary, by definition a man who has learnt from this time of a crucial nature. Danger is the thing of the past at the end of the poem, and he has succeeded in the general nature of life. One thing can make the difference between life and death, as he is telling us ‘this with a sigh’!
    It is beautiful to tell of this story, and the poem is thus a story-poem worth remembering to earn the right decision for you as well as the poetic speaker. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Denise F. (7/30/2007 1:06:00 AM)

    I remember this poem back when I was in 5th grade and I loved it..he is truly a legend and one of my favorite poets (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Francois Hoon (6/29/2007 6:18:00 PM)

    I mean what can we say about this poem - it is legend! I'm not sure where Robert got his inspiration from, but there is another place where this concept or message came from...
    Matthew 7: 13-14 (Bible/Word of God)
    'Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it.
    For narrow the gate and straitened the way that leads to life, and they are few who find it.'
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/francois-hoon (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kate Starr (4/29/2007 2:17:00 PM)

    There are many paths to life from which one can choose. But the difficulty comes when you have narrowed them down. This now becomes a difficult decision knowing the final two are more similar than different. Once made, though, you may secretly hope you’ll get another chance should you fail, but knowing yourself and your ways, you realize that won’t happen, so you muster up the courage to unashamedly accept the path you chose regardless, and you don’t look back. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aha Hah (4/21/2007 1:25:00 PM)

    This poem is beautiful and it overwhelmes me. It captures all the feelings you might have while choosing your path in life. Robert Frost speaks about taking a risk; to choose the more difficult way. That is what life is about. Not to follow the stream - It is about finding yourself and choosing what is best for you.
    Thank you for this amazing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ahmed Ali (4/9/2007 2:14:00 PM)

    The speaker stands in the woods, considering a fork in the road. Both ways are equally worn and equally overlaid with un-trodden leaves. The speaker chooses one, telling himself that he will take the other another day. Yet he knows it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to do so. And he admits that someday in the future he will recreate the scene with a slight twist: He will claim that he took the less-traveled road. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlton Peterose (3/1/2007 7:09:00 PM)

    As good of a poem as this is, it is also the most misquoted poem ever. Please read it carefully. Take this part...
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    Then took the other, 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,
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    He's saying that they were basically the same.
    And now read this
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    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.
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    Read it and think about it. He's not saying that him having taken the other road made all the difference, he's saying that when he's older, he will say that, but really, when he was looking at them, he saw how they actually look pretty much the same. Remember...
    'Though as for that the passing there/Had worn them really about the same, '
    Just slightly annoyed at people who don't read the poem talking about 'the road less traveled' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wm T. Simpson (12/18/2006 12:11:00 PM)

    I agree with Shawn Delgado entry, but people often focus on a verse and take it out of context because those specific words resonants within their soul. Which I think is fine. Some emotional response is better than none at all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shawn Delgado (12/11/2006 12:57:00 PM)

    I'm a bit surprised by the number of people who haven't been able to read the literal meaning of the poem, considering its popularity on this forum (7/500) . This is not a poem about choosing a road less traveled. The poem specifically states that at the time of the decision, both roads had been worn and appeared nearly identical. It's only years later, when details have succumbed to a fading, sentimental memory, that he says the roads differed. This poem has no intent to try and persuade people to take an original path. It is instead a humorous analysis of the speaker's own sentimentality and the ways he will change the story in a fit of nostalgia. (Report) Reply

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