Robert Frost


Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. He is well known for his realistic writings of rural life and his use of American informal (slang) speech. His poems were often set in rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, and used these settings to look at complex social and philosophical themes. Frost has often been quoted by other people. He was honored often during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

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 marked 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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15 thoughts on “Robert Frost

  1. I’m not the best when it comes to poetry. But I love this poem. It speaks about something to which we can all relate. What do you think about it?

  2. I got it like that when you make a different decision,you will have a different life.In all of our life, we always need to make choice,A or B???Every choice you make will have a different ending. Sarah chen

    • This poem does take a little time to understand and be comfortable with. One of the great things about poetry is that we can take our time to understand poems. Often a poems meaning will change for us depending on when we read it in life.

  3. I like poetry because It is not like to essay, It hide your mind to understand his people have a resonance

    • Yes, poetry is very different from essays and prose writing. It’s a chance to break rules and for people to express themselves and communicate with each other in unique ways. Have you tried the poetry magnets in lobby at 175 Eldridge St.? It’s a lot of fun 🙂

  4. Some people say Frost wrote this poem to tease his friend, Edward Thomas, who was never able to make up his mind and often regretted small decisions-

    “Repeatedly Thomas would choose a route which might enable him to show his American friend a rare plant or a special vista; but it often happened that before the end of such a walk Thomas would regret the choice he had made and would sigh over what he might have shown Frost if they had taken a “better” direction. More than once, on such occasions, the New Englander had teased his Welsh-English friend for those wasted regrets. . . . Frost found something quaintly romantic in sighing over what might have been. Such a course of action was a road never taken by Frost, a road he had been taught to avoid.”

    Do you know anyone like this?

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