I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: 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.
Both ways are equally worn and equally overlaid with un-trodden leaves. But you yourself can resurrect it from zombie-hood by reading it—not with imagination, even, but simply with accuracy.
This poem does not advise. Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. Neither of the roads is less traveled by. The speaker chooses one, telling himself that he will take the other another day. Robert Frost- 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.
Robert Frost One of the most celebrated poets in America, Robert Frost was an author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes and a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.
And he admits that someday in the future he will recreate the scene with a slight twist: Yet he knows it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to do so. One of the attractions of the poem is its archetypal dilemma, one that we instantly recognize because each of us encounters it innumerable times, both literally and figuratively.
Next, the poem seems more concerned with the question of how the concrete present yellow woods, grassy roads covered in fallen leaves will look from a future vantage point. Several generations of careless readers have turned it into a piece of Hallmark happy-graduation-son, seize-the-future puffery.
Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. We are free to choose, but we do not really know beforehand what we are choosing between.
Commentary This has got to be among the best-known, most-often-misunderstood poems on the planet. Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
There are four stressed syllables per line, varying on an iambic tetrameter base.“The Road Not Taken” consists of four stanzas of five lines. The rhyme scheme is ABAAB; the rhymes are strict and masculine, with the notable exception of the last line (we do not usually stress the -ence of difference).There are four stressed syllables per line, varying on an iambic tetrameter base.
“The Road Not Taken” was originally published in The Atlantic in along with two other poems from Frost. It is now widely considered to be one of the most popular works of American literature. “The Road Not Taken” is one of Robert Frost’s most familiar and most popular poems.
It is made up of four stanzas of five lines each, and each line.
"The Road Not Taken" is a narrative poem. It reads naturally or conversationally, and begins as a kind of photographic depiction of a quiet moment in woods.
It reads naturally or conversationally, and begins as a kind of photographic depiction of a. In “The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong,” author David Orr tackles this most famous poem and argues, convincingly, that it is not only the best known American poem, it is also the most misunderstood poem/5(28).
The Road Not Taken Launch Audio in a New Window. By Robert Frost. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both for Frost’s ancestors were originally New Englanders, and Frost became famous for his poetry’s “regionalism,” or engagement with New Read Full Biography.
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