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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost

Why do I like this poem ? I like it because the poem is a nostalgic commentary on life’s choices; on the eternal dilemma of having to choose between two paths without having any knowledge of where each will lead. After having to make many choices over the many years of being in existence one can only laugh at the truth of the lines-
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:...
Here is the full poem...

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.

1 comment:

  1. Ah! you made me nostalgic about my school days when this was part of the literature. An inspiration for taking the untrodden path.