Book Quote from The Road Not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The Road Not Taken  by Robert Frost ~~1916

Many people have speculated that the poem titled “The Road Not Taken” is a reflection on actions taken in the past and the resulting differences those choices made for the future. In truth, Frost wrote the poem as a jest toward a friend who had trouble making decisions–including which direction to take when they trekked through the woods.
I normally don’t appreciate poems, as well as I should, yet for unknown reasons this one has a quality that appears superior among its peers.

Even though written in jest, our futures may transform in an instant with a decision of such innocent quality, yet decisions and change must prevail or our lives would turn stagnant.



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. ”

This post is actually from my old google blog post, and the pictures are free to use on Pixabay.  I added the words to the second one, though my granddaughter states the font is obsolete for the present and quite possibly the future, and I left out a quotation mark.


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