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.
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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 America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England
in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry
. Frost attended Harvard University from 1897 to 1899, but he left voluntarily due to illness. The poet/critic Randall Jarrell
often praised Frost’s poetry and wrote, “Robert Frost, along with Stevens
, seems to me the greatest of the American poets of this century. Frost’s virtues are extraordinary. No other living poet has written so well about the actions of ordinary men; his wonderful dramatic monologues or dramatic scenes come out of a knowledge of people that few poets have had, and they are written in a verse that uses, sometimes with absolute mastery, the rhythms of actual speech.” He also praised “Frost’s seriousness and honesty,” stating that Frost was particularly skilled at representing a wide range of human experience in his Frost was 86 when he read his well-known poem “The Gift Outright
” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy
on January 20, 1961. He died in Boston two years later, on January 29, 1963, of complications from prostate surgery.
Definition: A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhyme between lines of a poem or song. It is usually referred to by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme; lines designated with the same letter all rhyme with each other. and therefore, it is the pattern of end rhymes or lines.
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I interpret this poem to be about choices; not following the crowd. Sometimes paving your own path is the better way to go. Each quatrain in this poem has the rhyme scheme ABAAB.
I chose this picture to represent the split in the road. Additionally, I chose dirt because it would be easier to identify the one less traveled.