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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  • Andrew Poe (1/3/2013 10:11:00 AM)

    The second stanza reveals that the passing there / Had worn them really about the same. He's sighing at the end because he likes to remember that he took the road less traveled...even though he knows deep down that at the time, the roads had been, in fact, equally traveled and he essentially flipped a coin to decide which one to take. His personal choice to remember one has being less traveled has made all the difference because there was no difference in the roads.

    There's a certain fatalism in the poem. There are many roads to take, but the journey and the destination are probably about the same no matter what you do, but if it makes you feel good to imagine that you made the better choice, then by all means, imagine away!

    That's my take on the poem...but not my take on life! (Report) Reply

  • Anita Yonehana (12/29/2012 5:47:00 AM)

    The popular interpretation of the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, misses a close examination of the
    punctuation at the end of the third line of the last stanza. Whether the punctuation is a -, which appears in some editions, or a comma, which appears in others, it represents a sugnificant pause in the narrators analyses of a complicated situation. After that pause, the tone of the poem changes. (Report) Reply

  • Anita Yonehana (12/29/2012 5:46:00 AM)

    The popular interpretation of the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, misses a close examination of the
    punctuation at the end of the third line of the last stanza. Whether the punctuation is a -, which appears in some editions, or a comma, which appears in others, it represents a sugnificant pause in the narrators analyses of a complicated situation. After that pause, the tone of the poem changes. (Report) Reply

  • Tony Karas (12/12/2012 9:59:00 PM)

    No one paints as vividly with words as a true master! Nor stirs the heart and mind... (Report) Reply

  • Cooper Redfearn (12/4/2012 11:03:00 PM)

    This poem can be interpreted differently. Most people think this poem is an inspiration, to take the road less traveled by and make your own path, but there are a few clues to make me believe other wise. The title it self gives it away, The Road Not Taken. At the end of the poem he says,
    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.
    The first line hints that he is in the future thinking back and sighing, meaning he is regretful. The poem says he has taken the road less traveled by, but the title contradicts that.
    Just a thought to get your mind thinking, are the authors leaving a poem uninterpreted for us to decide on our own? Or was Frost trying to get his readers to not just read the poem, but to understand the meaning of the words and the placement of the words? This is why he is one of my favorite authors. (Report) Reply

  • Francesca Johnson (12/4/2012 3:03:00 PM)

    Older people like myself often wonder what it would have been like to take that different fork in the road, that side street, the left branch instead of the right.... I tell young people that sometimes you come to a crossroad and have to make the decision which way to go. And we do. Never look back and regret. Always look forward. Keep an eye on the road, ofcourse, but which ever way you go keep your eyes looking forward.
    A poem to provoke comment. And I like that.
    Fran x (Report) Reply

  • Mary Bradley (12/2/2012 11:20:00 AM)

    Often as we are starting on a journey after high school, deciding on a new career, deciding...it isn't easy. It is oft with fear of failure, of not knowing what is down the road a bit beyond our view that we stand with trepidation while attempting to decide which way to go. Taking the first step is the bravest of course, staying on the path or knowing when to change is even more challenging!

    Do you. Ever inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/28/2012 1:02:00 AM)

    inspire the success as one act during the situation... silently make the dicision when one walks on the path of destiny (Report) Reply

  • Ranesh Bansal (11/27/2012 4:11:00 PM)

    Its easy to take the path already chosen by others, tested and frequented by many but really difficult to take the other path where the person doesn't know what difficulties he may face and what would be the consequences of such decision. (Report) Reply

  • Tom S (11/26/2012 3:26:00 PM)

    This is very uplifting! Robert manages to relate to almost anyone who reads this poem regardless of how exclusive it sounds. Timeless! (Report) Reply

  • Dan Holmes (11/18/2012 7:45:00 PM)

    I think people assume that he felt he made the right decision to take the path he did and overlook the part where he says that he will be telling it with a sigh. I think he actually regrets the choice he made. (Report) Reply

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