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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
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

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,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

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.


Comments about The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  • Rookie - 57 Points Rowan Ashwood (2/9/2016 10:26:00 AM)

    This is one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 132 Points Roger Roth (2/6/2016 3:27:00 AM)

    I did some research. See Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered by Pritchard. Even though Pritchard confirms this poem to be about Frost's friend Edward Thomas, it nevertheless was written as a jest at Thomas and also seems to confirm my general ideas about Frost's thinking. This poem does not advise you to take the path others do not take because there's something noble in choosing to do so. It's way, way deeper and more complicated than that, which, in my mind is what makes Frost such a great poet and thinker. Do check out Pritchard. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 132 Points Roger Roth (1/20/2016 8:07:00 AM)

    CD Sinex, in response to my comment that I see this as Frost facing mortality, very astutely pointed out that Frost penned this poem sometime in his mid-40's, and I thank him for his research/knowledge, and propose that, if you blend CD's point and my point, you might come up with the notion that The Road Not Taken is a product of Frost's mid-life crisis, and as I think about it, it might very well be. Whatever it is, I find thinking about it to be great brain exercise and, at 74, I need all I can get! Thanks CD and everyone else! I like reading your thoughts. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Travel

  1. 1. The Road Not Taken , Robert Frost
  2. 2. The Highwayman , Alfred Noyes
  3. 3. The Night Journey , Rupert Brooke
  4. 4. Travel , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. 5. Song Of The Open Road , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. The Armadillo , Elizabeth Bishop
  7. 7. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, Septem.. , William Wordsworth
  8. 8. The Call Of The Wild , Robert William Service
  9. 9. Hard Is The Journey , Li Po
  10. 10. Window , Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. How They Brought The Good News From Ghen.. , Robert Browning
  13. 13. Evening Song , Sherwood Anderson
  14. 14. California Plush , Frank Bidart
  15. 15. Travel , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. Road Warriors , Charles Wright
  17. 17. To Mr. Blanchard, The Celebrated Aeronau.. , Philip Freneau
  18. 18. Adieu, Adieu! My Native Shore , George Gordon Byron
  19. 19. The Three Voices , Robert William Service
  20. 20. And The Trains Go On , Philip Levine
  21. 21. The Song Of Wandering Aengus , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. The Vagabond , Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. 23. Go Greyhound , Bob Hicok
  24. 24. Out-Of-The-Body Travel , Stanley Plumly
  25. 25. The Rhyme Of The Restless Ones , Robert William Service
  26. 26. The Tinajera Notebook , Forrest Gander
  27. 27. Flying , Sarah Arvio
  28. 28. Passing Through Albuquerque , John Balaban
  29. 29. Looking For The Gulf Motel , Richard Blanco
  30. 30. The Marvelous Munchausen , William Rose Benet
  31. 31. The Traveling Onion , Naomi Shihab Nye
  32. 32. Song For All Seas, All Ships , Walt Whitman
  33. 33. Niagara , Joseph Rodman Drake
  34. 34. Gypsy Songs , Ben Jonson
  35. 35. A Ballad Of Boding , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  36. 36. The Wanderer , Alan Seeger
  37. 37. The Rover , Robert William Service
  38. 38. The Unexplorer , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  39. 39. Pirate Story , Robert Louis Stevenson
  40. 40. Over The Hills And Far Away , William Ernest Henley
  41. 41. A Sailor's Song , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  42. 42. The Seafarer , Ezra Pound
  43. 43. Dover Beach , Matthew Arnold
  44. 44. Suzanne , Leonard Cohen
  45. 45. `for'Ard' , Henry Lawson
  46. 46. Horse And Rider , Ivy Schex
  47. 47. # # An Unplanned Journey , Samanyan Lakshminarayanan
  48. 48. If I Were A Voice , Charles Mackay
  49. 49. Night Traveler , Deepa Thomas
  50. 50. Seance , Edouard Roditi
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