The Road Not Taken

Poetry is when you let your emotions flow and discover your inner thoughts. The words that come out on paper then form “a poem.”

As a kid, I was not really fond of poetry and hated that subject in school. Maybe, because it was difficult then to understand the deep meaning behind each poetry. I mean really, as a child, you just want to play with your friends and do a little bit of school work.

Then as I grew up, I started from reading quotes by famous personalities and slowly moved onto poetry. It was not until recently that I wrote my first poem on this very blog. Since then, I love reading and writing poems and today’s topic is related to it.

The poem that I have chosen today is one that I had read as a part of a school curriculum. It is funny that although it felt a bit difficult to understand back then, the words stayed with me.

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.

This poem signifies life and how at multiple points in life, you have a choice to make, possibly between two options. It all depends on which option you choose, the one that is conventional that is chosen by everyone, or the one that seems unusual but can lead you to success.  

The last two lines of this poem make the gist of the poem. The author talks about taking a road that is less traveled which eventually makes all the difference. This poem has inspired me to try the same, to take the road less traveled, although it may be a bit difficult at times.

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