The Road Not Taken 1916 by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken 1916

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, 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 travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The literal meaning of this poem by Robert Frost is pretty obvious. A traveler comes to a fork in the road and needs to decide which way to go to continue his journey. After much mental debate, the traveler picks the road “less traveled by.” The figurative meaning of the poem describes the tough choices people stand for when traveling the road of life. The words “sorry” and “sigh” make the tone of poem somewhat gloomy. The traveler regrets leaves the possibilities of the road not chosen behind. He realizes he probably won’t pass this way again; or must decide to go the other way around. Or, the traveler shall move forward and hope for the best.  To quit or to persist…Don’t know, you tell me? I say persist..

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2 Comments

  1. I love this poem. The wistful tone is perfect. The theme of having to choose between two things “just as fair” is something that resonates with all of us.

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  2. Hi Robin,

    Love this poem too..We all make choices..Sometimes the right one and sometimes the wrong one. But firsts, it seems the right decision but it turns out not the best for your soul..So it is up to us,to make something positive out of the choices we make in our lives.

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