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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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  • John Tobiasson (4/20/2006 1:39:00 AM)

    I agree with Matt Cheplic that this poem seems to be about always regretting the choices one makes in life, no matter what choice is made, but I would like to add that Frost points out that we tend toward choices because we notice things about them that are different from 'where we are' at the time, and we don't stop to realize that the other choice has the same qualities, which would nullify our resolution to take the one path over the other. However, at the end of the poem, he seems to acknowledge that sometimes we do take the road less traveled by (it really does exist in this poem) , and that that leads to an entirely different set of choices than the more traveled path/choice would have. (Report) Reply

  • Matt Cheplic (3/1/2006 3:28:00 PM)

    This is probably the most misread American poem. My students usually miss it. They commonly read it to mean: Take the road less traveled and you'll thank yourself one day. But of course, Frost describes the roads as being the same. In other words, THERE IS NO ROAD LESS TRAVELED BY in this poem, at least not as far as the narrator can tell. Otherwise, he would have titled the poem 'The Road Less Traveled.' It's called 'The Road Not Taken' because it explores the inevitable feeling of regret we will all encounter when we wonder about the chances we didn't take. And one can't prevent that feeling, no matter what 'road' one takes. (Report) Reply

  • Adryan Rotica (1/15/2006 2:21:00 PM)

    Yes, this poem touched me at a young age....at about age 15 these words put an indelible mark on me and gave me insight into how one should live out their lives....so, it is thru this poem that I have chosen to live my life in accord...and that my friend Robert Frost, has made all the difference.........I thank you~ (Report) Reply

  • Ronell Warren Alman (1/10/2006 2:41:00 PM)

    This my friends is my favorite poem. I had to recite this poem when I was in the eighth grade. I of course received an A+. I still remember the first five lines! ! ! ! This truly states that you don't have to be like everyone else and take the same path. Because you take the other path does not mean that you are lost. You are just different from everyone else. It shows that you are creative and that you are courageous to see just what that other path holds. (Report) Reply

  • Nelly Logan (5/30/2005 9:27:00 AM)

    This poem symbolises that point in a person's life where they would have to make a major decision - a decision, that determines one's destiny. In this poem, Frost represents two choices before him as two roads. In one, he could see what would happen ahead - and the other, not so clear. Eventually, he decides to make that decision/path that people wouldn't normally take. Initially, he thinks that he could always revert to the other choice if the path he took doesn't satisfy him, and yet, 'knowing how ways leads on to way, [he] doubted if [he] should ever come back' - as time passed, and as things in life lead to another, he stuck to his path/decision. In the last paragraph, he reflects on that major decision-making with a 'sigh' - of contentment or satisfaction - that he had two choices, and he chose the less conventional one - this choice of his 'has made all the difference' - as it determined the shape of his life. (Report) Reply

  • Ronell Warren Alman (12/15/2004 6:59:00 PM)

    The ultimate classic. I recited this poem in the eighth grade and got an A for reciting it word for word. Don't remember it all now though! ! ! Anyways, a true classic! ! ! ! Robert Frost is my favorite poet! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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