Sunday, September 30, 2012

"The Road Not Taken" - Robert Lee Frost

Robert Lee Frost, was a famous American poet, who is distinguished for his magnificent portrayal of rural life. I saw his poem, for the first time in my English text book, when I was in school. 'The Road Not Taken' from 'Mountain Travel' is one of the poems which will force people to sit back for a couple of minutes and think. Please note that Frost received Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times for his works 'New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes' (1924), 'Collected Poems' (1931), 'A Further Range' (1937), 'A Witness Tree' (1943)

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.



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