Wednesday

The Road Not Taken (Poem By Robert Frost)

Important Facts:
  • Written by the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) and published in 1916.
  • The poem title is often mistakenly remembered as "The Road Less Traveled".
  • Frost himself warned critics about the poem - "You have to be careful of that one; it's a tricky poem – very tricky."
  • Frost apparently intended the poem to be a gentle jab at his great friend and fellow poet Edward Thomas.
  • Thomas and Frost used to take forest walks and Thomas always would complain after that they should have taken a different path.
  • One interpretation of the poem is that it is an inspirational, to individualism, to non-conformism.
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 marked 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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