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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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  • Debora Perricone (9/19/2013 8:24:00 AM)

    I think Frost means that he takes the road people rarely takes. He chooses the harder road not for success but for happiness. A choice made from his heart. (Report) Reply

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  • Lauren Kane (8/29/2013 1:06:00 AM)

    Everyone thinks this poem means to be unconventional and do your own thing, but that's NOT what it means.

    Frost is saying that both roads are the same and he just chooses one randomly. identical. He states that they were both worn the same.
    Had worn them really about the same And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.

    But in the last stanza:

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    he is saying that in the FUTURE he will say with a sigh and tell people that he took the road less traveled by and it made a difference, but he's actually lying because he earlier in the poem he states that they were worn about the same.

    The point of the poem is that you take a road by chance and it doesn't really make a difference. There is no road less traveled by. It's not really an option to take one or the other. Although people would like to look back on the choices they made and think they would have made a difference, things just happen the way that they happen in life! (Report) Reply

  • Srivinay Salian (8/28/2013 4:06:00 PM)

    Truly inspiring verses so beautifully woven by Frost. There are poems to be analysed and then there are ones to be felt. This one belongs to the heart! (Report) Reply

  • John Tatum (8/21/2013 11:30:00 PM)

    The simple explanation is okay...so he became a poet rather than a school teacher later on in life...
    which was a risk...however, some other interpretations can be gleaned if you know Frost's use of
    synecdoche...and his own version of Hopkins inscape theory. (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (8/12/2013 11:03:00 AM)

    I think that the first line of the fourth stanza, 'I shall be telling this with a sigh, ' indicates that the poet rues the fact that in time and space he can occupy only one set of circumstance in life however different of varied the opportunities thrown up by the other option must have been. (Report) Reply

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  • Padmaja Iyengar (8/2/2013 2:28:00 AM)

    This one's a great and inspiring poem by the master that inspires us to explore the unknown realms and find something path-breaking in the course of the quest. I believe this is also a great poem on out-of-the-box thinking and innovation. (Report) Reply

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  • Stephen Loomes (7/24/2013 2:34:00 AM)

    O that in the hand of young Bob Frost he had a GPS
    He would not have got in such a mess
    Nor would he be so lost
    We would be spared the solipsism
    Of a man so self-obsessed
    Who treats a wander down a lane
    As some homeric quest (Report) Reply

  • Armaan Kumar (7/21/2013 6:58:00 AM)

    This poem refers to the point where you have to make a decision that will affect the rest rest of your life.In this decision there are to paths you can take- one which many people take(for example, in the case of jobs, becoming a business man) or the other, which many people have not taken and which has not been worn out(for example becoming an astronaut or an entrepreneur) . Robert Frost then says that he took the one which had not been worn out, leaving the other for later. But he knows that one path will lead to the next and he most likely would not came back. So sometime far off he will be telling the story of how a simple cross junction changed his whole life. This is from the words of an 11 year old and i read this poem 3 years ago and still remember everything about it. I hope you liked it! (Report) Reply

  • Ndimele.g. Ancientsword (7/19/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    The road not taken is simply a road to a dead end stirred from where he stood, it leads to no where... It just kinda there laying confusing and grassy. (Report) Reply

  • Bill Clinton (7/16/2013 11:07:00 PM)

    You people are pretty dumb. He is saying that in the future he will proclaim with a SIGH of hypocrisy that the road he chose was more difficult and has made all the difference when in reality the paths were much the same and neither was more worn.

    Then took the other, as just as fair - equal terrain Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same - equal terrain And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black - equal terrain, both not having footprints in the leaves

    He's saying it doesn't f'ing matter which road he took because he would be where he is now, but will tell people that it made all the difference.

    Seriously guys reading your insulting understanding of this poem was almost as pathetic as how you proclaim inspiration from it. (Report) Reply

  • Abcboy Boy (7/15/2013 8:38:00 PM)

    Like Andy Dufresne says in The Shawshank Redemption It's like something out of a Robert Frost poem. After reading this poem you come to know why he said that
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  • Marie Portal (7/6/2013 8:48:00 AM)

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,


    I think he's saying here, The road I took looked less traveled but actually it wasn't-it was traveled on about the same. His sigh at the end could indicate regret-after all he was looking at the other road so attentively-where he even overlooks the road he took was worn the same. Who knows? Robert Frost liked to sew in a little mystery, that's why I love his work. (Report) Reply

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