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Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken

Updated on November 27, 2010

Robert Frost: The Road NotTaken


Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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.


Robert Frost is one of the most neutral, unbiased and realistic writer of his time. His poems are read, quoted and analyzed more than any other poet. The Road Not Taken is one of the most famous poems by Frost, it was published in 1916. This poem is a narrative poem and has four stanzas. This is one of the most read and analyzed poem. One of my favorite too.

Analysis of The Road Not Taken:

To different readers it means differently, most of the people say that this poem talks about Frosts non conformity. I do not see any non conformity in this poem, to me it is more about the choices human beings make in their lives and the future of these choices. But rather he talks about his courage with which he chose one "less traveled by". He does not know whether his choice will prove to be correct or not because he does not know how his choice will affect him in future life. To make a choice is more like making guesses on the basis of previous knowledge and perception of the world and only in some future time we get to know whether our choice was right or wrong. 

Robert Frost talks about the choice he has to made and he tries to look into the choice (ahead, into future) but as he cannot predict future he took one but he says that if you have made a choice in your life you cannot change it later on. You have to choose one while you don't know the consequences of it. A s the title is "The Road Not Taken" so it means that he is talking more about the choice he did not make in his life rather than talking about the choice he made. Though when he says that that "I took the one less traveled by

  And that has made all the difference"

he does not show whether that choice made him to regret or get satisfied.

If you do not agree with me or if you have some other interpretation of this poem please share it with me. 

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      suuma 

      3 years ago

      Thank u g

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks TicksProfessional, Frost put emphasis on the choice he did not make rather than emphasizing the choice he made but there did not seem any negativity.

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      Talha Rehman 

      7 years ago from Lucknow India

      "the title means that he is talking more about the choice he did not make in his life rather than talking about the choice he made".

      This beautifully sums up everything that Frost has got to say in this poem. You have described it skillfully

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      I particularly love this one of Robert Frost's poem and I am a great fan of his poems.

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      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Great tribute, Sis. Frost indeed great poet. ^^

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Every body has got different and unique way of looking at art and I am sure that your point of view is as correct as mine because it belongs to your perception.

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      alternate poet 

      8 years ago

      The only non-conformity I see is that Frost is claiming

      "I took the one less traveled by,

      And that has made all the difference.

      Taking a slightly different path through life could be seen as not conforming, at least to the bulk of the herd.

      I can identify with doing things a little differently.

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      yeah, me too love it:)

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      Vaibhav 

      8 years ago

      Unforgetable Poem

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks Noorin and Sara for reading and rating it up.

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      sara 

      8 years ago

      yup, its a great poem.

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      noorin 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Rated it up and will be following you ...

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      noorin 

      8 years ago from Canada

      One of my favorite poems ... It taught me a lot, I seem to always refer to it in my speeches

      https://hubpages.com/education/Memoirs-of-a-Techni...

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      I personally love the last two lines

      I took the one less traveled by,

      And that has made all the difference.

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      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      This is another of my favourites. I also think it is about choices. The road is our life and the direction we take determines the outcome.

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR

      gulnazahmad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks a lot for reading it:)

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      seryhu 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Really cool poem. Thank you for writing about it!

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      Dr irum 

      8 years ago

      Awesome poem ,i think i agree with you ,according to this poem we have two choices in the life without knowing any end result .it may be failure or may be success .

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