"The Road Not Taken" is a poem by Robert Frost
(1874 – 1963) , published in 1916 in his collection Mountain Interval.
The poem, despite its last lines, where the narrator declares that in choosing a road, taking the "one less traveled by" "made all the difference," can be seen as a declaration of the importance of independence and personal freedom. However, Frost likely intended the poem as a gentle jab at his great friend and fellow poet Edward Thomas, and seemed amused at the slightly "mischievous" misinterpretation.
"The Road Not Taken" seems to illustrate that once one takes a certain road, there's no turning back, although one might change paths later on, they still can't change the past. It shows that choice is very important, and is a thing to be considered.
See more: Road Not Taken Index.
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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.