The road not taken

by 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.
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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*Short Summary                                                                                                                                          The poem is basically about the speaker pondering about which of the two roads he should choose. Although he knows that he is implausible to choose one and take the other another day, he believes in himself. However, he admits this and claims that he will lake the less-traveled road.

*Title:                                                                                                                                                            I think this poem is about which roads he/she should take.

*Paraphrase:                                                                                                                                                 1. Standing for a long time trying to choose between two roads.                                               2. He decides to take one road.                                                                                                          3. Doubts that one track often leads onto another track.                                                            4. His decision has made all the difference to my life. In the future he will be telling this to someone else with fond memories.                                                                                            5. He emphasizes his point that once the decision has made, you should know that you cannot come back a the same place where you could have another chance or choice. Your decision will alter your life.

*Connotation:                                                                                                                                             -Personification: In stanza two,  “Because it was grassy and wanted wear.”                             -Imagery: In stanza one, “two roads diverged in a yellow wood”

*Attitude:                                                                                                                                                       -The poem consists of four stanzas. In the first stanza, the speaker describes the situation and his position. The speaker has been out walking in the woods and encounters two roads. Although he would like to try out both, he doubts he could, therefore, he continues to look down the roads for long time trying to determine his decision. Then, he later decides to travel the road that is less-traveled. The last two stanzas describe the description of the roads.

*Shifts:                                                                                                                                                          -In stanza two there is a shift in the speaker’s decision. He decides to take the less-traveled road.

*Title:                                                                                                                                                             -As explained in the title, “The Road Not Taken” the speaker took the road that was less-traveled.

*Theme: I think the theme here is that when one makes a decision, one should know that one cannot come back at the same place where one could have another chance. In other words, one’s decision will definitely impact your life and it might change your life 180 degrees.


First of all, I really liked the use of personification in this poem. “Because it was grassy and wanted wear.” As I was reading this poem along, I was able to imagine the situation of this traveller. Also, it helped me to visualize what was going on in this poem.  An example of imagery was shown in the first stanza. “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” Although the both ways or the roads are equally worn, the speaker talks to himself that he will take the other another day, knowing that is is implausible.

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