Famous Inspirational Poem

This poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963) is probably one of the most famous and celebrated American poems. The poem depicts the agony of a decision making and the rewards of forging your own path. The subject of the poem is faced with a decision of taking the "safe" route that others have taken before or breaking new ground. He says that he took the "road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." He finds that making original and independent choices makes life rewarding.

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A true masterpiece by Robert Frost, just as Fire and Ice.

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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

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  • by Dalton
  • 1 year ago

A true masterpiece by Robert Frost, just as Fire and Ice.

  • by Terry Michael Mendez
  • 1 year ago

I am a great fan of Robert Frost. I consider myself a poet lover, and I read many different types of poetry, but I find myself favoring Robert Frost the most!

  • by Kritika
  • 1 year ago

I myself am a poetess and I love to look up poems by unknown authors.....but Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is definitely a poem I wish I had written.

  • by Abigael, Nairobi
  • 4 years ago

This poem echoes the strength in a person in many forms, the determination in I rise, I rise, I rise. It describes life's common experience when we are down. It makes us unite in the experience and have the hope, we shouldn't stay down. It's memorable.

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