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
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.


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Comments about The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  • Rogelio Guillermo (10/15/2017 6:05:00 PM)


    If the road you've taken didn't take you where you wanted to go, the road you've not taken must have been the right way to get there. But, if you're lazy to walk the walk, I wouldn't think it matters... (Report) Reply

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  • Valentin Savin (10/15/2017 8:25:00 AM)


    It's one of my beloved poems which I translated into Russian. (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (10/15/2017 7:03:00 AM)


    So lovely poem and inspiring one....10

    The roads lay open

    The roads lay open
    For us to reach heaven
    If we have driven with resolve
    All problems can be solved

    I chose the road
    That seemed with full of dangerous trend
    The roaring of lion was heard
    I asked heard to find word

    The reply came straight way
    I was to concentrate and pay
    My whole attention towards goal
    I responded to sincere call

    The road was not smooth
    And threatened with death
    But I surged ahead with determination
    It paid rich dividend and earned distinction

    Roads may present deceptive outlook
    But we need to shake the head
    Think in positive terms
    And turn the tide in favor
    (Report) Reply

  • (10/12/2017 1:39:00 PM)


    This peice is nothing but greatness! it Makes me think bravely.. straight to my fav. (Report) Reply

  • Suhasini Sudan (10/1/2017 5:06:00 AM)


    He's pretty good...I used to love him as a child! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2017 2:26:00 PM)


    Yes, the road not taken is the ideal road of choice, but only the braves can make it through. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/22/2017 2:09:00 PM)


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
    Yes, it is the choices that makes us.
    (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (9/20/2017 11:59:00 PM)


    - - I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.- - A very lovely and meaningful poem. Life lessons here, thanks for sharing.
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  • Mario, Lucien, Rene Odekerken (9/17/2017 1:30:00 PM)


    Beautiful poem
    many of us can relate to this poem
    Mario Odekerken
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  • Alwi Shatry (9/12/2017 7:29:00 AM)


    An interesting take on decision making. But I may be missing something here: after deciding to pick one road over the other for reasons stated...having perhaps the better claim
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear there was only passing mention of the choice of the road in that it made all the difference. I am left wondering what it is precisely that made one choice wiser than the other.
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    Anna E (10/2/2017 6:38:00 PM)

    He is saying this to create an illusion that he is mysterious, etc. As in the last stanza, he says I took the one less traveled by, even though they were both equally worn, as stated in line 10. He is lying to whoever he tells this story with a sigh to. I hope this makes sense!

  • Sabita Sahoo (9/6/2017 1:25:00 PM)


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
    Beautiful.
    10++++
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  • (9/3/2017 4:43:00 AM)


    Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2017 2:05:00 PM)


    Takes courage to make a decision ...good piece (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2017 2:14:00 PM)


    Important lesson to be learnt always make right choices when needed (Report) Reply

  • Ash Adetayo (8/22/2017 3:54:00 AM)


    I enjoy this poem..10 (Report) Reply

  • Stuart Munro (8/16/2017 3:46:00 PM)


    Robert Frost I love his poems (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (8/14/2017 10:01:00 AM)


    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 chose the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.
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  • Gn Rao (7/25/2017 10:49:00 AM)


    Take the right decision at the right time. Trodden path is easier to cross.Face the world boldly and try new thing.
    That all shows your willingness and taking Risk. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    Success comes to those who dare and act.
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  • (7/23/2017 6:33:00 PM)


    It takes courage to take that road. But we all summon that courage sometimes (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2017 7:27:00 AM)


    My grandma told me about this one. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2016


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