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 diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This is one of my favorite poems.  If you have a favorite poem that you would like to share, please leave a link in the comments below, and I will check it out!

22 responses to “The Road Not Taken

  1. Sunflower Sutra by Ginsberg is one of my absolute favs! It’s super long so I decided to just a post a random link I found to it instead: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179382

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  2. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171621

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  3. Wow! I can’t even wrap my head around that one! Very vivid imagery!

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  4. Another excellent poem!

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  5. Yes, I wrote a comparable composition in college to William Blake’s The Sunflower in response to reading this poem. I love Ginsberg’s imagery.

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  6. Cavafy’s Ithaka is one of my favorites. I feel like it’s one of his poems along with the City and Waiting for the Barbarians, that gives me insight on how to live. http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?cat=1&id=74

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  7. Another American poet, Emily Dickinson, described Seasonal Depression perfectly, long before professionals knew what it was. This is one of my favorites because I know this condition all too well:

    There’s a certain Slant of light,
    Winter Afternoons –
    That oppresses, like the Heft
    Of Cathedral Tunes –

    Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
    We can find no scar,
    But internal difference –
    Where the Meanings, are –

    None may teach it – Any –
    ‘Tis the seal Despair –
    An imperial affliction
    Sent us of the Air –

    When it comes, the Landscape listens –
    Shadows – hold their breath –
    When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
    On the look of Death –

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  8. I can see what you mean! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Yes, she describes this quite nicely!

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  10. Robert Frost is my favorite poet 🙂

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  11. I’m not sure I have a favorite. There are just too many great poets out there. Like you for instance! 😉 Have a good day Dorinda!

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  12. Aww thank you, Michelle!! Have a wonderful day!

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  13. 🙂 Thanks! The weather is warmer today and so it is a wonderful day!

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  14. My favorite phrase from this one: “The heft of Cathedral Tunes.” When that “certain slant of light” comes in to the house far too early to be called “evening,” I feel that heavy weight on my brain, and this phrase covers that “weight” perfectly.

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  15. Love this post. Both Frost’s poem you share here and the one in the comments earlier are two of my favourites.
    I am visually impaired, don’t drive, but this poem has always so clearly driven me forward.
    The second of Robert’s poems, mentioned above, I read that one in high school and the imagery caught me and held me. Such peaceful feelings.
    Love the lines Emily wrote are gripping. I could never forget once I heard them.
    I am a writer. I am not a poet naturally. I admire what poets can do with so few words.

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  16. So happy that you enjoyed this one, Robert Frost is definitely one of the greats! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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  17. Reblogged this on Encouraging Life and commented:
    I love this!

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  18. Yes, a brilliant poet!

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  19. I love poetry! I dabble in it myself sometimes :).
    Thank you for following my blog, Cheers, Suz. https://gardentokitchenwithsuz.wordpress.com/

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  20. Glad to have found you! You’re blog is very informative and I am excited to learn more! 🙂

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