#BEDM Poetically Speaking: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Adventure can mean many different things to many different people.  Every day, decisions are made, choices are given, and taken and life takes us on a journey as we choose one road over another. Perhaps we feel unsure about our chosen road, as the subject of this excellent poem by Robert Frost did.  However, one thing is guaranteed, whichever roads we take, life is a wonderfully big adventure.

Burghley House

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.


  1. May 3, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    I love this poem, Frost is so brilliant while being so simplistic.

  2. May 3, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    I completely agree. I often think of this poem when making life decisions.

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