poet Robert Frost

Robert Frost

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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.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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    Why does everyone always miss that the two paths were both as travelled by?

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    Very good but I do hope to return to the pathway not taken.

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    What a beautiful piece!

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    Aha my kind of philosophy. In other words if you dont try you will never. Yes you try something and fing its your calling.

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    Except the last stanza there's not much to speculate about. The typical country flavour of the West.

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