The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America’s rare “public literary figures, almost an artistic institution.” He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works.

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.


About the alchemist

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. ~Rumi
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12 Responses to The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  1. Patricia Ann says:

    I have always wondered what the difference was and where the other path led.

    • Even i am wondering about the exact meaning of this poem and i also don’t know where the other path led.
      This has got to be among the best-known, most-often-misunderstood poems on the planet.

  2. Would it seem weird if I find the young Robert Frost attractive? :O

  3. Patricia Ann says:

    Perhaps the difference is in his destinies. The road less traveled was the destiny he lived and the other path led to a completely different destiny; one he would never know. Perhaps that is the mystery of the poem. And yes, he was very attractive! 🙂

  4. I had this memorized when I was a 11, one of my favorites! Thank-you. Something interesting: the yellow, is where he dropped his draws and relieved himself 🙂

  5. Anna says:

    I’ve been a Robert Frost fan since I was around 10-years-old. This is my favorite and was my students’ favorite when I taught. It’s up to the reader to decide the direction of the roads. Also, Young Frost was a gorgeous man. 🙂

  6. Tom Schultz says:

    I always liked this poem. I used it as a caption for a picture blog post.

    I’m thinking the other path was that of conformity. Like Thoreau, Frost did not keep pace with his companions.

  7. beijas says:

    One of my favorites! Thanks!

  8. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and follow. I love this poem. Funny, I memorized it in the third grade, and for some reason, I’ve never forgotten it. And it has grown in meaning as the years have passed… Good choice. 🙂

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