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Comment 589 of 899, added on May 6th, 2009 at 2:20 AM.

By far one of the most famous poems by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"
(Frost) is a poem that describes the hardship of making decisions. Much of
Frost's life consisted of decision after decision, especially after his
father died when Frost was only 11. Rhyme is present in the poem, something
Frost did on and off throughout his whole career. His style was extremely
praised, which is the reason he won four Pulitzer Prizes. Yet all this fame
did not overrate his work, it only made it more of a classic. The poem
finishes off with the most quoted of Frost's lines "Two roads diverged in a
wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." By taking the riskier road, Frost
made a smart decision.

Magali Palma from United States
Comment 588 of 899, added on May 6th, 2009 at 12:23 AM.

In this poem Robert Frost explains how at some point everyone has to make a
choice in their life either to benefit them or not. In this poem he
explains how he chose to take the harder path that not many others have
chosen. In his life he also had to decide between many difficult choices
such as whether he should stay in Massachusetts or move to New England to
start a new. In his life he made many desicions that affect him and his
family.

Dara Ahmadnia from United States
Comment 587 of 899, added on May 5th, 2009 at 11:11 PM.

Carl Sandburg had many decisions he had to make throughout his life, as do
we all. Here, he puts into words the confusion that they can cause when
choosing the right path. He has the reader imagine they are in that persons
steps by vividly describing these 'roads' that we must take. He makes his
mark by showing how the everyday person will choose the road traveled more
freqeuntly and miss the opportunities on the other, just like Frost did.

Chris Leahy from United States
Comment 586 of 899, added on May 6th, 2009 at 5:43 AM.

Robert Frost born in 1874 in San Francisco, had taken thousands of roads
cross-country and even an aventure across the Atlantic Ocean to England in
his life. I believe what poet Robert Frost was implying in this poem was
that in every humanbeings life they will face diffucult decisions. Some
hard and some a little bit easier. Furthermore, he is saying that the road
less taken, or harder but possibly much more rewarding route is bound to
pay off in the long run. It sure did for him, he moved to England in a
time where immigrants were pouring in by the millions to the U.S. In Great
Britain, he found his style of writing to make him famous in the land of
the free. This style was very traditional, and he always tried to use as
many words in everyday usage as he could.



Riley Ludwig from United States
Comment 585 of 899, added on May 4th, 2009 at 11:17 PM.

What i got out of Frost and this particular poem was how in the end it is
all up to oneself to make our decisions as critical or insignificant they
may be.One other conclusion I came to is that once we make our choices
once, there is a slim to an impossibility of going back and doing it a
second try. In his life, Frost made many choices that may have changed his
life and his career, but chose "the road less traveled by" and came to be
one of the most important and well known poets of his time, mainly for his
little or no rhyming scheme in his poetry as proven in "The Road Not
Taken".

Nacho Collazo from United States
Comment 584 of 899, added on May 4th, 2009 at 6:54 PM.

In Robert Frost's life, there were a lot of hard decisions that were made
by him and for him that were not always the easiest. When he was eleven,
his father died and his mother decided to move from sunny California all
the way to Massachusetts. When given the decision between getting a higher
education at an amazing college or going into farming, he chose farming and
took a harder road, but one that was his own choice. In this poem there is
some rhyme scheme at the end of the lines but not all of them. Also, like
in most of his poems, he uses dramatic monologue which makes the poem so
much more interesting to read. Frost always took the harder route in life,
but it paid off in the end and it shows in his poetry.

Shawnee Self from United States
Comment 583 of 899, added on May 4th, 2009 at 12:04 AM.

Robert Frost's life was full of ups and downs. In "The Road Not Take,"
Robert Frost thoroughly illustrates that life is full of decisions; some
life changing and some less significant. Frosts traditional poetry gives
his poems a straightforward message, making it manageable to correlate to.

Daniel Gibson from United States
Comment 582 of 899, added on May 3rd, 2009 at 9:18 PM.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a short poem with little to no rhyme,
with a style that makes it simple to read and relate to. It shows that in
his life he came to a crossroad and how instead of choosing the simple and
more traveled road he decided to make an adventure out of it and work a
little hard. This is something that everyone can relate to because no
matter or where you come from you will always have choices like those and
what you choose will define who you are.

Jonathan Cravens from United States
Comment 581 of 899, added on April 29th, 2009 at 6:54 PM.

Robert Frost found many subjects in New England, he moved there when he was

10. Went he went to Harvard he had to choose between writing and going to
Harvard. He would say that Harvard took away from his writing. This poem
has a very good rhyme scheme, I like the way certain lines rhyme and some
dont. Robert frost would even write poems at JFK's ignauguration. Robert
Frost had a homely philosophy of self-reliance and the road represents that

in a way. He was also had a philosophy of spiritual independance. I think
Frost intwines his philosophies into his poetry. In my opion this poem is
very influentual and shows that you can take the road that not everyone
else takes.

Stefanie Wallensack from United States
Comment 580 of 899, added on April 29th, 2009 at 6:54 PM.

Robert Frost found many subjects in New England, he moved there when he was

10. Went he went to Harvard he had to choose between writing and going to
Harvard. He would say that Harvard took away from his writing. This poem
has a very good rhyme scheme, I like the way certain lines rhyme and some
dont. Robert frost would even write poems at JFK's ignauguration. Robert
Frost had a homely philosophy of self-reliance and the road represents that

in a way. He was also had a philosophy of spiritual independance. I think
Frost intwines his philosophies into his poetry. In my opion this poem is
very influentual and shows that you can take the road that not everyone
else takes.

Stefanie Wallensack from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 1. The Road Not Taken
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
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