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The Road Not Taken (1916)

by Robert Frost

Editor’s Note: “The Road Not Taken” is one of Robert Frost’s most famous poems, and a personal favorite of ours. The speaker in the poem is at a fork in the road, a crossroads, and must decide which path to take, knowing full well that the decision will leave some possibilities unexplored. Frost received the coveted Pulitzer Prize four times, an achievement that has never been matched by another American poet.

Young Robert Frost

A Young 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.

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