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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  • Veteran Poet - 4,604 Points * Sunprincess * (12/24/2013 5:42:00 PM)

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    ...........two roads gives us two choices
    would both deliver the same results.
    the same experiences.......
    And sorry I could not travel both
    ...........and with life we have just one,
    sorry we don't have more than one,
    we should make the best of the one
    we have been given, make the right choices.....
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    ...........think long and hard about your
    choice in life, even pray and meditate
    about your choices.......
    And looked down one as far as I could
    ......contemplate what would be the
    outcome if I made this choice or if I
    made that choice......
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    .......make those dreams happen
    Somewhere ages and ages hence
    : ......then when you make your choice
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    ..........go for it,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    .........follow that dream
    And that has made all the difference.
    .........live your life and be happy! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,930 Points Ramesh Rai (12/22/2013 4:11:00 AM)

    I have nothing to comment. Robert Frost is my favorite poet and i have to learn a lot (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,930 Points Billyd Burnett (12/21/2013 8:14:00 PM)

    Robert Frost is the greatest.
    The paths we have traveled and are still traveling.

    From a YAQUI WAY OF KNOWLEDGE by Carlos Castaneda.
    For me there is only the traveling on paths that
    have heart, on any path that may have heart.
    There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge
    is to traverse its full length. And there I
    travel, looking, looking, breathlessly.
    - don Juan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 459 Points Barry Middleton (11/20/2013 3:22:00 PM)

    Easy to see why this poem is near the top of the favorites. The thought is utterly simple yet universal. We all feel unique and we all look back with both regret and gratitude. The imagery is perfection, the road of life and the roads we choose often without much thought make all the difference in our lives. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 459 Points Rithika G (11/9/2013 11:26:00 PM)

    I love this poem about being something different.....taking the risky path in life Robert Frost tells about being in Englang or goin back and beinning with the scratch...and was successful in his life.! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 459 Points Ashlee Vandyken (11/7/2013 10:16:00 AM)

    I love this poem, as i always have. To me it means following your own individual path instead the paths of other, which is what i aim for. I strive to be my own unique person. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Poems 7137 (11/4/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    I love this poem a lot.. :) Robert Frost expresses as to how sometimes when we are at a crossroad in life and how the decision becomes conflicting as neither road is a promising one. One seems conventionally acceptable and the other looks less obvious; but at the same time not promising a long-term reward. It is only less obvious. It is then it becomes a matter of an individual choice and taking responsibility with everything that follows with it. He also adds a slight humor in the end when he conveys that when a person indeed makes an unexpected decision like the other road; how he/she wears a unique air around oneself - I shall be telling this with a sigh; Somewhere ages and ages hence.......And that had made all the difference. When in fact it was just a matter of To each, his own.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Poems 7137 (11/4/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    I love this poem a lot. :) Robert Frost expresses as to how sometimes when we are at a crossroad in life and how the decision becomes conflicting as neither road is a promising one. One seems conventionally acceptable and the other looks less obvious; but at the same time not promising a long-term reward. It is only less obvious. It is then it becomes a matter of an individual choice and taking responsibility with everything that follows with it. He also adds a slight humor in the end when he conveys that when a person indeed makes an unexpected decision like the other road; how he/she wears a unique air around oneself - I shall be telling this with a sigh; Somewhere ages and ages hence.......And that had made all the difference. When in fact it was just a matter of To each, his own.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Zubiya Surti (11/1/2013 2:37:00 AM)

    In Robert Frost's time if you choose poetry writing as your profession you are inviting your doom, as most of the poets of that time used to be poppers.But he still chased his dream and became world famous.'A BOY'S WILL' is his writing piece which has the same idea.So whether this poem highlights his regret or not......is interesting! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Moxe Sako (10/22/2013 8:04:00 PM)

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Colin Beard (10/17/2013 11:48:00 AM)

    I see this as more of a poem of regret. From Frost's word choice, And sorry I could not travel both, we get a hint that he regrets the road he took, as well as the line in the last stanza, I shall be telling this with a sigh. But that's only my opinion. The beauty of this poem is that it can be interpreted many ways. Despite the way you put it, it will always be one of my favorite poems ever written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Cornelis W. Schoneveld (10/16/2013 3:51:00 PM)

    A Life Course not Followed

    A Short Story by Robert Frost

    On my journey through life I recently had to make a choice between two possible ways to follow next. I was somewhat disappointed that I could only take one of them. After a long hesitation I did make a choice and decided at the same time that at some date and place in a far away future I would sighingly spread the word (as I also do now) that of the two I had chosen the way fewer people had followed, although when I made the decision I did not know that- only that I considered the one direction somewhat obscure in outlook and the other slightly more fresh and attractive, while at the same having to admit that they were actually pretty much of the same pristine character. I did realise though that there would be very little chance that I could ever retrace my steps. So I decided that in my future account I would add to my choice of the less common option that this had made all the difference - whether good or bad I would wisely leave unsaid, since it was impossible know then; I could only guess that the difference might be huge. And to add to the confusion I chose a title (as you can see) implying that this story would be about the other option, which of course I had no experience of and thus neither could nor did say anything further about.

    Afterword: I am so pleased that this story has inspired such a large number of especially young people in the United States of America, and elsewhere in the world. R.F. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Nicole Reyes (10/15/2013 10:56:00 PM)

    It doesn't matter if the choice we have made either a good one or a bad one for our future, as long as you stand for what you believe in and not just depending on the decisions of others. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 328 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/15/2013 10:51:00 AM)

    Our lives can often come to such a pass
    Of two roads diverging in the yellow wood
    And like Frost we too must decide alas
    Which be better for our long term good.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 328 Points William Reading (10/8/2013 1:58:00 PM)

    I love how this poem is read and interpreted. I feel like Frost is messing with everyone because of it and it's funny. I may be right, may be wrong, but I like to think it's about people making choices and, regardless of the choice, look back and create meaning on whatever they did to make it seem like it was worth something.

    Taking a certain road does make a difference in the long run, but the overall meaning is always over-exaggerated later in life. Not always per se, but you catch my drift. Humans tend to want existential meaning for everything, why can't the road just be a road?

    Hopefully I conveyed my thoughts how I wanted, it is a great poem regardless of its meaning (it doesn't need meaning, right?) . Cheers! (Report) Reply

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