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 keot 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.


One day, my lecturer gave my class this poem. Funny, that actually I came very very late (the class almost dismissed); but my lecturer didn’t come to class. What a happy hour! Then, I joint onto one group and I read this.

Hm, simply but deep. You know, I start loving Frost’s poems!!!

The signal word “road” symbolize a choice. Phrases “not taken” means not a common choice, strange. It shows that life is like a puzzle, isn’t it? You always have choices to put your step and enjoy the process.

In the first stanza, the writer shows you that he really knows where those ways will go. It means that he know what is his obstacles, risks, and jackpot based on his observation through his and other’s lives. It is clearly stated in “…looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth”.

Ah, before I forget to give the clue; someone who realizes what he/she does is going to be an adult soon.

In the following stanza, the writer thinks about what people said about the better one. He says, “And having perhaps the better claim”. But he also hesitates with this, “had worn them really about the same.” He feels he won’t be get a new thing.

The writer then considers his future in the third and forth stanzas; painting his dream, believe, and thruth in his mind. It blends together; and finally he says, “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

He has a reason to be different, unique, and authentic. His reason is logic because people will know him for his contribution as an adult.

Simply, I thought it was about someone’s process to more mature. However, it was deep enough to think; the diction were very beautiful (symbolizes the choices and risks with the nature). Indirectly, I felt calm when I read this poem. I don’t know, maybe it was because the rhymes and words; so I was like being lost in the jungle. But I loved it. 🙂