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 poem has a lot of deep, meaningful points to it. When Frost states that the “roads diverged” he’s referring to the paths of life, there’s a path for followers & all who travel this road end up either bad or done wrong. But a leader, which Frost is claiming to be, chooses the path less chosen and makes something of his life. The path may look lonely and cold, but that shouldn’t stop you from going. He says that by going down this path it “has made all the difference”. He’s grateful he followed his heart and went down less chosen path, because it has changed his life for the best.
Critic: Larry Finger
It seems clear that Frost wrote "The Road Not Taken" with Edward Thomas in mind. As Potter says, Frost was mocking Thomas's regretfulness. He played a game in writing the poem and continued the game for a number of years, holding out for a reading of the poem that was too much to ask of any reader. But by the time he wrote Ms. Yates in 1925, he was growing tired of the game and willing for her to read the poem as a statement about himself. When he read "The Road Not Taken" to Russian audiences a few months before his death, he read it as a statement about his own decision to give his life...