The Road Not Taken – 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.
This is one of Frost’s most well-known poem, and perhaps one that is most often misunderstood by people. Now, I am all for the readers’ own interpretation of a poem because regardless of what we read, we relate it to our experiences. However, this poem is not about taking the less-traveled road. On the contrary, the two roads are the same. Many people focus heavily on the last line and assume it to be the main message of the poem. The title of the poem is “The Road Not Taken”. Simply put, the poem is about second guessing or even regretting and wondering about the choices we made. This dilemma is something that people have thought about “ages and ages hence”. We can never know for certain what could have or would have happened if we made different decisions. The only thing that we can do is “Carpe Diem”.