The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken a poem by Robert Frost is something that I always remember. It seems to motivate me when I have to make a decision or walk on an unknown trail which looks inviting but I know that it is not going to be an easy walk. It prepares me for the unknown but also gives me some kind of hope that I’ll find what I’m looking for at the end of the journey.



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

As a child when I read this poem I liked the picture that was painted throught words. I felt that the book in my hand was a window and I was standing and looking at the path, ready to walk.


9 thoughts on “The Road Not Taken

  1. Great post, Norma. That poem’s a super one to memorize. The first thing that came to me for this prompt was having to memorize parts of Julius Caesar in 10th grade English, and recite it back to the teachers. I remember parts of one long speech (the “friends, Romans, countrymen”) and another phrase from it, but that’s about all.


    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Leigh.
      Shakespeare is my favourite, too. Somehow, I could remember the events but was bad with remembering the exact words and I think the beauty lies there, so I kept it simple and read it to myself. This poem was so simple to follow and the meaning so profound, I knew I would remember it for the rest of my life. Great poet…great words.

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