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.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken

550 Comments

  1. Trey says:

    This poem is about the choices you make in life and the outcome. I think this poem was created to show people that every choice you make has a different out come so you should approach them differently.

  2. Abid Hayat Khokhar says:

    Robert Frost tells us in the poem “The Road Not Taken” that man is unclear about his destiny and life after death. No one has returned to this world after death.

    He declares it going on a path that leads through thick forest that cannot let anyone understand the direction and ultimate end of it. Yellow signifies the wood as valley of death from where no one returns or has returned. He says that he found two roads going through it. One of them was much used and the other was less used. He preferred the second one. Its condition guided him that very few people went on this path and had no stamp of evil black foot on it.

    This shows that the poet wanted to opt the way where righteous, brave and unmatched people trod by. The time proved that the same was befitting for his personal life.

  3. Subrata Ray says:

    There are two roads in life . One relates the common course , and the other the perils of hardship .

  4. lamont johnson says:

    this poem was amazing i want too read it to my kids when i have them

  5. liav says:

    Hi. I have homework in English and i need to translate this poem to Hebrew. If someone can help me i will be very happy. Thanks to the helpers.

  6. Krystal Blanton says:

    I studied this poem when I was in the 9th grade. I understand it better now that I am grown, and married with children of my own. I became a mother at a young age. I choose the right road. I am thankful that I did. I loved it then at the age of 13, and now at the age of 25 I love it even more now. I hope that this poem brings smiles, and light into more lives than just mine.

  7. Ashley Mullins says:

    My Favorite Robert Frost Poem.

  8. Bailey and Emily says:

    We are studying poems in school and we enjoy this website VERY much. We LOVE Robert Frost and read this poem VERY VERY OFTEN!!!! We enjoy it very much and are sad because Robert is not alive these days so we can enjoy many more poems we wish he had to offer. (: -Bailey Powell & Emily Beck

  9. jitesh sharma says:

    its a fantastic poem which reflects the reality of life v should not afraid off from the difficulties of life v should accept them and face them

  10. Class 503 says:

    We like this poem because it tells you how to make a good decision. It’s telling you to keep your head high and don’t always follow the crowd. I found this poem to be very descriptive. If someone is sad, they could read it and feel better.

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