Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
Thread poster: Aurora Humarán

Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Aug 23, 2002

This poem is said to be one of Robert Frost´s lesser known poems.

I dedicate it to those who always choose less traveled by roads...

Should I have done this instead of that?

Sigh...and irony.

Questioning ones´ actions.

I love here it goes, in case you have never read it.

Have a nice week-end!

icon_smile.gif Aurora


The inspiration for it (The Road Not Taken) came from Frost’s amusement over a familiar mannerism of his closest friend in England, Edward Thomas. While living in Gloucestershire in 1914, Frost frequently took long walks with Thomas through the countryside. Repeatedly Thomas would choose a route which might enable him to show his American friend a rare plant or a special vista; but it often happened that before the end of such a walk Thomas would regret the choice he had made and would sigh over what he might have shown Frost if they had taken a \"better\" direction. More than once, on such occasions, the New Englander had teased his Welsh-English friend for those wasted regrets. Disciplined by the austere biblical notion that a man, having put his hand to the plow, should not look back, Frost found something quaintly romantic in sighing over what might have been. Such a course of action was a road never taken by Frost, a road he had been taught to avoid. In a reminiscent mood, not very long after his return to America as a successful, newly discovered poet, Frost pretended to \"carry himself\" in the manner of Edward Thomas just long enough to write \"The Road Not Taken\". Immediately, he sent a manuscript copy of the poem to Thomas, without comment, and yet with the expectation that his friend would notice how the poem pivots ironically on the un-Frostian phase, \"I shall be telling this with a sigh\". As it turned out Frost’s expectations were disappointed. Thomas missed the gentle jest because the irony had been handled too slyly, too subtly.

The Road Not Taken

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.

Robert Frost

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-08-24 06:51 ]


Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Read it about 25 years ago Aug 23, 2002

and I clearly remember the less prosaic explanations presented by our English professor...

Thanks, Aurora, and yes, Frost\'s poem still stands.



Abdul Mukhid  Identity Verified
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Thank for your interpetation Aug 23, 2002

I loved and still love this poem very much.


Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Abdul Aug 23, 2002

The interpretation is not mine.

Mine is only the \"humble\" introduction.

icon_smile.gif Cheers from Buenos Aires, Argentina.



MikeGarcia  Identity Verified
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Message to Aurorah Aug 23, 2002

Auh, did you know that Robert Frost was one of Borges\' preferred english poets, and this poem in particular was translated by Borges into spanish ?

You have the virtue of exciting the retrospective insight instint in me, my dear. Thank you for that.



Zhoudan  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Aurora! Aug 23, 2002

Forst is my favorite English poet. Thank you for the wonderful interpretation.

Zhou Dan


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