Monday, August 2, 2010

Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

I believe there are so many interpretations one can have for Robert Frost's popular poem, The Road Not Taken. When I was first introduced to Robert Frost's poem, I can say it really inspired me to begin my poetry writing journey. I began at 10 years old, writing poetry and still have all of my work in one composition notebook. I still write from time to time, but never can forget the words that are contained in this particular poem. If there was a committee congratulating the old folks who stood the test of time through their literary works, Robert Frost would be among them.

Here is Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken:

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;        5
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,        10
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.        15
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.        20
 --Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)

During the years 1916–20, 1923–24, and 1927–1938, Frost taught English at Amherst College, Massachusetts, notably encouraging his students to account for the sounds of the human voice in their writing. (Referenced in Wikepedia -


1 comment:

  1. he was one of my favorite poets, along with Carl Sanburg! I bought something awhile back of Robert Frost reading two poems from iTunes.
    I love Road Not Taken and Stopping by a Forest!