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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  • (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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  • (11/25/2006 3:04:00 PM)

    i love the road not taken, i lyk the rhyming as well, can u read my poems pleaz and tell me if theyre good thanks (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2006 6:17:00 PM)

    this is one of my favorite poems ever... I'm at a crossroad like that myself at the moment.. and so sorry that I cannot travel both (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2006 10:35:00 PM)

    All in all, this poem isn't about chosing a path, its reflective, and not at all suspenseful. He just wishes that he could take every path, and experience everything. Its a very robert frost sort of poem. Theres no real tension, just a euphoric sort of curiosity. I have no idea what about his poetry is so attractive, other than its truthfulness. But it still is. This is an awesome poem. (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2006 11:47:00 AM)

    I studied this peom in Engish class, and my English teacher from US. I guess gave us this peom in both English and Chinese version. I read it repeatly and liked it very much. I think now I was the poat, for I am in the face of the two ways of my future: to study further or to have a job, that is the question. which way should and will I choose? (Report) Reply

  • (10/7/2006 12:40:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems I have come across! (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2006 11:40:00 PM)

    It is hard to know what road to take, Life is so difficult I find. I feel the same right now, I guess. Not sure what to expect from my life any more. Excellent poem. (Report) Reply

  • (8/9/2006 7:50:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading the thoughtful comments that so many readers have supplied. I would like to suggest that the persona of the poem (not necessarily Frost) may have been faced with two good choices in life and chose one with enormous consequences to his or her life.

    This poem has been given a choral setting by Randall Thompson that is in my opinion a choral masterpiece because of the composer's loving response to the text.
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  • (7/29/2006 12:04:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I often wonder what would of happen if I had taken another road. (Report) Reply

  • (7/20/2006 4:16:00 PM)

    I get the feeling the poet was not happy with which road he had taken in life. I guess sometimes it is to late to turn back. Excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/17/2006 12:32:00 PM)

    If only more people would choose to travel the same road as Frost, ... THAT would make all the difference in the world (sigh) . (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2006 10:37:00 AM)

    Robert's ride to sigh it, The road with just one by it
    Frost travels one concealing sun,
    But Traveling to try it
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  • (6/18/2006 10:00:00 AM)

    This simple poem is wonderfully written and suggests so much without actually saying it straight out. I don't think Frost is expressing regret that he didn't take the other road. He's expressing regret that he couldn't experience BOTH roads. This poem could not be written today because, as implied by Kimberly Curtis below, referring to a road or path through life is now cliched and hokey. (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2006 3:11:00 AM)

    I do agree with Matt Cheplic. It happened with me. On first thoughts, this poem give you an impression that 'Take the road less traveled and you'll thank yourself one day.'
    On reading again and again, you come to understand that (as Matt Cheplic commented) the poem explores the inevitable feeling of regret we will all encounter when we wonder about the path we didn't take.
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  • (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

  • (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

  • (1/15/2006 2:21:00 PM)

    Yes, this poem touched me at a young about age 15 these words put an indelible mark on me and gave me insight into how one should live out their, 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

  • (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

    Alan Bryant (5/25/2015 9:33:00 AM)

    No no no. It is a sigh of regret and is saying he shouldn't of over complicated it.

  • (1/6/2005 2:00:00 PM)

    This is a great poem. I can relate to this poem very well... it's a classic. (Report) Reply

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