The Road Not Taken
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 marked 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.
Date of reading: October 23rd
Main theme: choices in life
My response: I think this poem presents an interesting philosophical question; when faced with a choice, would it be better to take the one the majority chooses or try the less frequently chosen one? The fact that a lot of people went by one road (in the poem) may signify that that road leads to something better, or is simply a nicer road than the other one. But on the other hand, since a traveller cannot see as far as the end of the road, perhaps the first person randomly chose one road, and then the next traveler saw that someone had already been through it, and reassured that he won’t be walking into the unknown, followed in his footsteps. This way, everyone could have picked the road most travelled because they think it’s a popular road and therefore a good choice – when few had been so adventurous to try the other one. Robert Frost decided that he would take the risk and try something new – I think this demonstrates a good sense of adventure and curiosity.