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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  • (9/8/2012 1:31:00 AM)


    A most captivating and philosophical poem and no doubt a life metaphor.
    My take is that he took neither road (did not follow anyone) , he marked the folk where the roads diverged and then made he’s own path “in leaves no step had trodden black”. The metaphor for me is to follow your own dreams and make your own way in life and that is what will make the difference.
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  • Stevie Taite (9/5/2012 2:55:00 PM)


    The roads could be a metaphors for women or relationships. Someone who was an outcast with few friends could be the road he chose because he saw something in them that no one else had seen.
    It could be about a life changing decision to try a new way of doing something that has always existed but no one believed it could work. What ever the message, and I believe it has multiple possible interpretations, it is a captivating poem!
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  • Milan Van Zuyen (8/29/2012 2:55:00 AM)


    I was once told that this poem is Frost using a metaphor to talk about death...something that i always found incredibly moving and beautiful. Even if it isn't necessarily the intended hidden message i still think it's a powerful piece of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Akanksha Bhatt (8/28/2012 8:19:00 AM)


    the poem is sooooooooo nice! its one of my fav! (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2012 2:05:00 AM)


    During his stay in England, before the First World War, Frost became close to Edward Thomas, whom he encouraged to turn to poetry. When Thomas was wrestling with the decision to volunteer for active service, Frost (now back in America) sent him a copy of this newly-written poem, which helped Thomas make up his mind. He was killed at the battle of Arras in 1917. Many years later, Frost said that 'The Road Not Taken' was 'about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other'. See my poem about Edward Thomas, 'Roads To France'. (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Honeytip (8/27/2012 12:17:00 PM)


    This poem is tall as a redwood, gives other poets something to look up to: -) Please dropp by to view my humble contributions and let me know what you think. (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2012 6:56:00 AM)


    Read my poem ROADS TO FRANCE to see the influence this fine poem had on Frost's close friend Edward Thomas. (And, yes, Stacey R is right on the money here.) (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2012 6:29:00 AM)


    Read my poem 'Roads To France' to see the influence this fine poem had on his close friend Edward Thomas. (I would also confirm that Stacey R. is right on the money about this one.) (Report) Reply

  • (8/19/2012 2:17:00 AM)


    Sorry to all for the duplicate... it seems I'm having PC problems. But I have a PS... the key to unlocking the meaning of the poem is the interpretation of the word sigh as Stacey R. pointed out! :) To all... enjoy thinking deeper! (Report) Reply

  • (8/19/2012 2:11:00 AM)


    To all... sorry about the duplicate. I had a PC problem! But as a PS... the key to unlocking the meaning of the poem is sigh as Stacey suggested! (Report) Reply

  • (8/19/2012 12:56:00 AM)


    Stacey R. - I don't know you, but I LOVE you! In my opinion, you TOTALLY got it! I have long loved this poem and almost consider it as a metaphore of my life. You are obviously INTELLIGENT and DEEP! :) (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2012 2:58:00 PM)


    Great delight to read! I have taught this poem to my students so many times! :) (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2012 1:38:00 PM)


    one of the most famous poems in the history of earth is the road not taken its really amaizing poem and i say i wish everybody buy or borrow the page and read it thanks to all the comment i wish u enjoy the story (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2012 2:13:00 PM)


    beautiful when i first read it eons ago, beautiful still today. (Report) Reply

  • Sania Bashir (8/12/2012 4:50:00 PM)


    I [3 this poem.......and always uses the first stanza as a phrase (Report) Reply

  • Angelica Vargas (8/8/2012 7:47:00 AM)


    I had always admired this poem...Loved it when I saw it here... (Report) Reply

  • (7/29/2012 5:35:00 PM)


    I agree with Stacey R. I was thinking the exact same thing. As humans, we actually believe we hold our fate in our on hands with decisions. This is not all the way true. In some cases, yes. Overall, not so much. -Tony (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2012 11:05:00 PM)


    I have a slightly different interpretation of this poem. If you read carefully, you can see that both paths are worn really about the same, meaning that both roads have been traveled on (or not traveled on) equally. When he claims that he took the road less traveled by at the conclusion of the poem, you will notice that he says this statement with a sigh, meaning that ultimately, he can't be sure of his fate. He is, in essence, anticipating his own remorse or regret that may result from his chosen path. I think this poem means that we can never be sure of how our choices will play out; as much as we want to believe that we are in full control of our future, every decision we make results in a careful combination of both chance and choice. No matter what road we take, we will always wonder what might have happened, had we traveled a different route. (Report) Reply

  • Mahya Kamalvand (7/16/2012 3:03:00 PM)


    the first poem i read in eng. love it love it love it (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2012 12:26:00 AM)


    The best road movie ever. (Report) Reply



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