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(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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  • Hazyfunshine Speddings (9/10/2010 8:58:00 PM)

    the poem was written as a letter to friends back inn england after leaving due to the war.it had no doudle/signifficant or hypotheticall meaning and there were no metaphors to be found. it was simply a letter written to old friends talking of the walks they had together as friends talking and thinking.He misse3d that part of england so dear and it shows in his letter. the only point he may have made in earnest was that all roads lead to where ever you end up in life, and that is a certanty

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  • Sintuja S Sintuja S (6/13/2010 3:58:00 AM)

    the poem ' road not taken' is closely related to my current life..i studied this poem when i was 17 where i have no idea what choices is all about..but now i am 19 where there was a stage i need to pick out my choice..n there is where i really face the reality and importance of choices in my life
    ' yet knowing how ways lead on to way
    'i doubted if i should ever come back'
    this line make me wonder ' am i on the right track? ? ?
    now i know that whatever is done cannot be undone..the poem is simple yet simply superb!

  • Emma Laoise (6/7/2010 7:26:00 AM)

    “Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them rally about the same”
    Personally, I do not think Frost was contradicting himself by saying this. I think what he meant was after he traveled this road, he himself wore it down as much as the other one. When people speak of these two lines they seem to forget the words “ the passing there”. He backs this up in the last stanza when he says - 'i-i took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference'

  • Hans Vr (6/1/2010 10:45:00 PM)

    The title is the road not taken.
    So, indeed he did not see a lot of difference in the two roads.
    Even though later, he may have regrets (a sigh) about the choice not taken, most likely will not be brave enough to admit it when he will be old and instead boast about the choice he made.
    This poem is indeed about unjustified glorification of past choices rather than about non-conformity.

  • Yacov Mitchenko (5/29/2010 1:07:00 AM)

    It has been said, correctly, that this poem has nothing to do with taking 'the [road] less traveled by'. This is not a poem about non-comformity, as suggested by the last two lines. When the poem's read closely, the reader finds that the preceding three stanzas contradict the last 2 lines. In the second stanza, the narrator does say 'Though as for that the passing there/ Had worn them really about the same'. That means that we can't see much difference between the two roads, that in fact, we can't tell which has been trod more. Recall the lines: 'And both that morning equally lay/ In leaves no step had trodden black'. So the poem is about providing happy rationalizations about important decisions we make in our life. We want to feel that we've made the right decisions (especially later in life, when we're old and death approaches) . We would rather feel good about ourselves than bad, that we have made the right choices. This is a dark poem that reveals a common human tendency of bending the facts for the sake of feeling good, although deep down inside we're least certain about the decisions we've made.

  • Tamara Lofton (5/28/2010 5:52:00 PM)

    actually this poem is not about making the RIGHT CHOICE its just about making a CHOICE. Frost never actuallty said the choice was positive. he was saying you'll never know if the choice u want to make is good or bad until u live it. Also he is saying that dreams are inevitable. To end, Frost was inspired by his buddy he used to take long walks in the woods of London with. they always came to a fork in the road. They also wondered what they would be missing from the other road.

  • Jason Courchesne (5/26/2010 11:44:00 AM)

    it's pretty simple just when you think your doing something new think again.
    Make your own road it's more interesting then taking either path they both been travelled take it from someone that has travelled 7 countries. Food for thought.

  • Tiffany Zeuu (5/24/2010 10:33:00 PM)

    I mean said in that last comment I wrote.

  • Tiffany Zeuu (5/24/2010 10:29:00 PM)

    My reacher said that it's about making the right choices. You know, one road is the bad choice, and one is the good. I'm guessing he made the good choice?

  • Jan Zlabek (4/26/2010 5:13:00 PM)

    It is all about tourism, ain't it? : -)

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