THE POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM – POEM #7

In the random selection process, we have our first “repeat offender” with the inclusion of one of Robert Frost’s classic and best loved poems, “The Road Not Taken”, number 72.

Robert Frost

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 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. 

10 thoughts on “THE POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM – POEM #7

  1. And this, from a recorded interview with Robert Frost I stumbled across, was his attitude on writing for himself, and not to “write to others’ tastes”.
    I’ve got the words taped to the lampshade before my eyes:
    “You’ve got to be brave, and bold; brave enough to take your chances on your own discrimination.”

  2. Frost may have been a crotchety, old New Englander, but I fell in love with his poetry when I was quite young. I know he has influenced my writing greatly. This poem was quite instrumental as I read it often, especially when faced with decisions on what to do and where to go in life. I have never regretted “taking the path less traveled” and it has “made all the difference!”

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