Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in the United States. Frost frequently wrote about settings from rural life in New England in the early 20th, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is one of his most famous piece which is inspirational.
“The Road Not Taken” is a narrative poem by Robert Frost. It is first published in the August 1915 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Later on, published as the first poem in the collection Mountain Interval of 1916. The central theme of this poem is the divergence of paths, both literally and figuratively, although its interpretation is noted for being complex and potentially divergent.
The poem consists of four stanzas of five lines each. It’s rhyme scheme is as ‘ABAAB’. The meter is basically iambic tetrameter, with each line having four two-syllable feet. “The Road Not Taken” reads naturally or conversationally, beginning as a kind of photographic depiction of a quiet moment in yellow woods. The variation of its rhythm gives naturalness, a feeling of thought occurring spontaneously, affecting the reader’s sense of expectation.
“The Road Not Taken” is one of Frost’s most popular works. Yet, it is a frequently misunderstood poem,often read simply as a poem that champions the idea of “following your own path”. Actually, it expresses some irony regarding such an idea.
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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