The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
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"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations and...more
Paperback, Unabridged, 49 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published 1916)
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Peycho Kanev
Frost, do what only the exceptional poets do, he captures a moment, or moments that we all have experienced at one time in life all thru our whole life. "The Road Not Taken " can be placed against a passage in Longfellow's notebooks: "Round about what is, lies a whole mysterious world of might be,—a psychological romance of possibilities and things that do not happen. By going out a few minutes sooner or later, by stopping to speak with a friend at a corner, by meeting this man or that, or by tu...more
Sachin
"The Road Not Taken" included in the list of 10 most liked poems by American Authors of All times is truly a perfect example of interweaving of delight and wisdom. Robert Frost one of the most liked American poet with his extraordinary brilliance and also known for his ambigious approach towards things, brings forth the ultimate reality of each and every human soul faced with the fact of making a decision in life.
the poem expatiates not on the choices available in one's life but on the one choic...more
Hercina
Oct 28, 2013 Hercina rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everybody. Forget about hating poetry (like I did) and pick it up
I have never liked poetry that much, which does not make much sense, since I love songs with beautiful lyrics. Yet, we have learned a poem of Robert Frost in English class in school and I really liked it - 'The Road Not Taken', actually. The english itself is not as hard as it might seem, and I could actually make sense out of it, and even enjoy it. The thing is, in class, we were discussing this poem forever and I, who got the meaning of the poem from the very first lesson, could not stand just...more
Camilla
I started reading Frost in high school and now after college years I still love his mastery of words. One of my favorites is The Mending WAll.
Taymara Jagmohan
A man of true sagacity.
Look me into his eyes, and see his warm prose. He writes like a tree, and lives as tall as one.

Robert Frost is a poet. He adjusts his imagination to reality, and adds inspiration to all his voices.

A common man with the most magical words. He doesn't ask for the wise to worship his words, and that's one of the glories of a true writer. They don't gratify anyone's compliments, but they know deeper in their depths what they are made of.

What this poet mentioned dug a life int...more
Barbara Lovejoy
I got this book because one of my most favorite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. I was disappointed that I didn't find more poems in this book that I really liked. Maybe I need to read it again as it often takes more than one read with poetry---and books, too, for that matter!
Danny Hampson
Being a novice to the genre of poetry this book was a great introduction to one of the greatest American poets of all time. Frost’s takes scenes from his everyday life and turns them into beautiful happenings that drip with wonder. Frost’s simple style and often rhyming poems are enjoyable to read and are refreshing in their simplicity. Without trying to prove himself through heavy language each poem feels light and rolls off the tongue with a musicality that makes them impossible to forget. Rea...more
Corinne
Beautiful. Robert Frost's poetry, for all intents and purposes, is what opened my heart to the little things in life. Every flower, every gust of wind that lifts my hair... I notice these things and wonder and think and live. To keep myself centered, I remind myself everyday that "the road less travelled by" makes all the difference. A rain shower brightens my day. Snow makes me warm inside. Rivers and streams help me to breathe easier. The soft undulations of grass under a dying summer breeze l...more
Joana Mansour
Love it! I had to read it in English class. I'm not crazy about poems but this really is a good one. Definitely recommended!
Sarah
Love, love, love this book. Robert Frost is my all time favorite poet, and I have always had a soft spot for poetry. Frost examines nature, human frailty, life, and self confidence in this collection of poems. In my personal opinion, Frost has the ability to take an everyday experience that each person struggles with and turn it into a sentence that allows you to grasp the weight of the experience. I could read it over and over.
Elaine
The speaker has come to choose a path and he's unsure which way to go, he wishes he could go both ways. He looks down one path as far as he can see, but then he decides to take the other. He thinks the path he decides to take is not quite as worn as the other one, but really, the paths are about the same. The speaker reflects on how he plans to take the road that he didn't take another day, but suspects that he probably won't ever come back. Instead, far off in the future, he'll be talking about...more
Jay Miklovic
Great!! Where was my mind when I was supposed to be reading this stuff 15 years ago in school?

Frost's poem "The Bonfire" (it was in the kindle edition) is probably my favorite poem of all time. I will come back to this short book often for enjoyment and to simply get wrapped up in wonder.

Great little work, do yourself a favor and read a little Robert Frost now and then.
Michelle
I first read Robert Frost in the fifth grade after being given an assignment to select a poem I liked and make a poster that illustrated it. I had read other poetry before this, but he was the first I had read who had dealt with nature in this way, which touched me on a profound level.
Gene Needham
When I was in high school, I started reading Frost. I own this one because of The Road Not Taken is my favorite poem of his. It also is a very beautiful song. Nice collection of his works which include some of his lesser known poems within the pages.
Dana
A beautiful poem they taught me at school loaded with thoughts. It shows us about the different choices we have to make in life and how always the least traveled road turns out to be the adventurous one and worth all the hardships.
William
I am trying to broaden my reading a little so I picked up a collection of Frost. I just don't get all the fussing and fawning. Some were ok but that is the best I would say about his work.
Jim
I decided to stretch myself a bit and read some poetry-a great collection to start with? My full review: http://jiresell.blogspot.com/2011/08/...
Karen
Loved most of the poems. I did feel that Frost left a lot to be desired when it came to story/background detail but maybe that's just part of his charm.
Donyale Mannino
My interpretation of this poem is that he had to make the decision which road he would go down in life. Although both could have either, a better outcome than the other, or, one better than the other. But one never knows until he actually decides and chooses that path. Taking the one less traveled meaning to me the easy way out. Thinking that the road he chose to go down would be the easier path although both paths were equally trodden(both had worn the same). Most people don’t take chances and...more
Review Girl
"The Road Not Taken", is one of my favourite poems, taught me a lot about life and making right decisions at the right time. Golden age of great literature!
Rob
Mountain Interval is Robert Frost's third collection, originally published in 1916. It contains several of his most famous poems, including, "The Road Not Taken."

I have been working my way through Frost's poetry in somewhat rapid succession lately. Prior to now, I had only read a few of his poems in high school, which--c'mon, let's face it--means I didn't read them at all. And, even though I have been reading through the volumes somewhat quickly, I have been amazed at the beauty and complexity o...more
Ice Bear
The Road Not Taken is probably my most loved poem of all time, I have not read the 'others' (yet).
Erika
Now I can count Robert Frost as one of my favorite poets. Beautiful imagery on every poem!
Lauren
Robert Frost is about the only poetry I can handle. The Road Not Taken is my favorite poem ever.
John Hatley
I've always had a difficult time with poetry. Robert Frost's poetry is one exception. Beautiful.
Erin
Some of the poems were wonderful but, a few were just downright depressing (Out, Out).
Catherine Woodman
Very accessible poetry, set in New England (he went to Middlebury) that I really like
Amy
"The Road Not Taken" is one of my favorite poems and I love Robert Frost.
Fredrick Danysh
A collection of poet Robert Frost's classics. Easy to read poetry.
Robert Bowen
As a poet myself, I have always loved Frost's rhythms and rhymes.
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Flinty, moody, plainspoken and deep, Robert Frost was one of America's most popular 20th-century poets. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. His first two books of verse, A Boy's Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914), were immediate successes. In 1915 he returned to the...more
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And that has made all the difference.”
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