Poem of the Month: The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

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 erged in a wood, and Iโ€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

One thought on “Poem of the Month: The Road Not Taken

  1. Good for you, Robert Frost.

    I think it was lucky of him to make it out of the woods by taking the less traveled road. During his time, people usually traveled on the more traveled road because it’s probably safer and more reliable. The less traveled road is probably more dangerous and unpredictable, and that’s why only a few people traveled on the less traveled road.

    But I think it doesn’t really matter. The woods are a dangerous and scary place especially because of wild animals, bandits, and ghosts/supernatural (Yeah, I believe in those stuff). Sure, one road seems safe because more people have traveled on it but you never know if they made it out the same or not. And some just never made it out alive. Scary!

    Overall, Robert Frost has made it out alive to write and publish this poem. Otherwise, there would be no “The Road Not Taken” poem. Still, it’s an enjoyable poem of which path to take when there are 2 roads ahead.

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