Poem: Road Not Taken

(two roads diverged or separated and went in different directions according to Robert Frost)

The Road Not Taken

by 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.

A symbolic and allegorical poem that may be roughly defined as something that means more than is obvious. One interpretation of “The Road Not Taken,” for instance, may refer to whether it is wise to “follow the crowd” or to try something that is not quite so “main stream”; but was he happy about it?

More poems are listed at this Poems: Index.