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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost


"The Road Not Taken" is a poem written by Robert Frost. In this poem, Frost is talking about how he could have went both ways instead of choosing only one. He would spend time traveling through one path and then go back through the other "just as fair". What is he talking about? Is he speaking about his life?

This poem consists of four stanzas with five lines in each. They are rhymed as ABAAB.


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.

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.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Life, Nature

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