Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Road Not Taken and Other Poems” as Want to Read:
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Road Not Taken and Other Poems

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  36,110 ratings  ·  420 reviews
"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
Paperback, Unabridged, 49 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published 1916)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Road Not Taken and Other Poems, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
SaraSadati If you are looking for a pipe opening and draining company in Tehran and you have questions in this regard, we strongly recommend reading this text. B…moreIf you are looking for a pipe opening and draining company in Tehran and you have questions in this regard, we strongly recommend reading this text. Because in the following, we have tried to raise various topics about the causes of various types of cramps, introduce the best methods to eliminate cramps and other similar issues, and provide you with fruitful information.

لوله بازکنی خدماتینو

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.28  · 
Rating details
 ·  36,110 ratings  ·  420 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tough and beautiful. What poetry! I really need to think about this, not sure if I got it all, but while rereading and reading again, the wonderful beauty and the story meaning does hit you in the heart...
For poetry lovers definitely recommended. Here's the book title poem, well know I think to the connaisseurs, beautiful....

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 ben
Steven Godin
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forty six pages of greatness
when all is said and done,
these poems by Robert Frost
beam like the autumn sun.
Crisp under foot
breathing fresh country air,
in the land of Robert Frost
the trees are never bare.
With the freedom of a bird
just one more thing to say,
his spirit and poetic beauty
is always here to stay.

Bionic Jean
This is a short selection of poems by Robert Frost, who was born in San Francisco, California, in 1874. Although he is considered to be one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, his first collection, "A Boy's Will" was originally published in England in 1913, during the 3 short years when he lived in England, between 1912-1915. In England he made some important acquaintances, including Edward Thomas and Rupert Brooke, who were both member of the group of six known as the Dymoc ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I enjoy poetry and Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets. This book is lovely to dip into as and when the mood takes me. I have read all of his poetry in this particular book. My favourite choice is predictably ...'The Road less Travelled' His clever use of imagery lifts his poems way above the ordinary.
Jon Nakapalau
Introduce your child to this wonderful poem - it will help with all roads they will take in life.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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 wa
Michael Finocchiaro
Robert Frost's poetry has such a beautiful quietness to it and yet also is philosophical and thought provoking. This collection has so many great poems which certainly you have heard quoted at least once at some point in your life. A must for fans of poetry and nostalgia of an America that understood critical thinking.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, read-in-2016
I absolutely am not a poetry fan but I still have a few favorite poems from what I've heard over the years, which actually can be counted on one hand. Yep. There's Poe's The Raven, an oldie rock song or two, and then the rest would be an assortment of Robert  Frost's works: The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, and Birches. This book contains two of those and then several that left no impression on me. I feel bad about that because I really love Robert Frost, or at least the ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
I forgot how much I love Robert Frost, haven´t read anything by him since High School and I regret it. It´s soo good.
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may sound cliched but this has always been a favorite of mine...I'm far from being able to recite any of his works, but something about curling up with this book feels like home to me.
Peycho Kanev
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction, poetry
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems contain three of Robert Frost’s earliest collections: A Boy’s Will, North of Boston, and Mountain Interval. Frost’s poems are simple yet powerful. He creates beautiful images that stir the emotions and touch all the senses. Some of my favorite poems include “To the Thawing Wind,” “Blueberries,” “The Black Cottage,” and “The Road Not Taken.”
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: happy-birthday
I feel bad for saying this, but besides "The Road Not Taken". I really only liked two more of Robert Frost's poems. I ended up giving this 3.5 stars and rounded up to two on Goodreads.

Poems have never been my thing anyway so I am not that surprised that none of them really moved me besides that one and two others.

I think what got me is that most of the poems rhythm and meter seemed off because of the way that the sentences were written with commas and periods.

For example from In The Home Stretc
Barbara Lovejoy
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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!
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, poetry
Poetry is not my forte, but I can respect the written word in all forms.

Robert Frost was the people's writer, for nature and its constructs, for wildlife and its resilience to man, for man and his flaws to others and himself.

Many of these poems stray away from convention and appear to be written as short stories in verse, yet the ones I favor are the traditional, straight-forward, highly rhythmic ones.

Pitter Patter
Pitter Patter

This work probably deserves a 5 star from t
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"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
L. McCoy
Okay, so I gotta look at some of Frost’s poetry for school and while not all of his stuff is bad this is his one of his most popular poems and I feel like I need to comment on it... because it sucks.

Pretty much this poem’s message is not that you should be your own man but it’s not that you should go with the flow either, just that either way could work, choose for yourself.

How fucking pointless is that? Why even write this poem? I never thought I would be legitimately angry at how popular a poe
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
This rating is not a commentary on the quality of material itself but rather of how much enjoyment I managed to derive from it. Which was next to zero. But, since its clearly a collection of very well-written and poignant, sometimes very emotional poems, I did not mind giving up a portion of my life reading it.

And the iconic:

Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference

Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 30, 2015 added it
Shelves: for-school
No one hate me for this, but Robert Frost is fucking overrated.

Or maybe poetry in general just isn't for me.
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
5 Stars!

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

The fork in the road is symbolic of any choice in life, but Frost makes it clear that the two paths are equally untraveled: both seem to have potential for fairly equal outcomes.
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My favorite poem from this collection was "The road not taken" (suprise!:-))

I have to say I was a bit disappointed about the others, and I am really starting to think that Robert Frost is slightly overrated author.
Anyway, his "Birches" will always remain my coup de coeur.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics
Rather than focus on what I didn't like, (poetry collections are always a grab bag...) I'm going to pull a couple poems I loved and talk about them. I'll start the poem, then continue it within spoiler tags, that way you're not forced to read the whole thing if you already know it, but don't have to search it if you don't know it, or want to enjoy it again. Comments about the introduction and collection as a whole are at the end.

The title work, and purpose for the book:

The Road Not Taken

Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, engl-360
ROBERT FROST; also known as: your tasteless dad's favourite poet; also known as: the unwitting MC of your shitty high school's commencement speech; also known as: Wallace Stevens for dumbasses. Author of easily the world's most consistently misread poem, a poem entirely making fun of dumbass blowhards, Frost is now read alloud by dumbass blowhards with deep earnesty the world over, which is, at the very least, something to admire. But even with the lens of irony Frost manages to bore me to tears ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robert Frost, to me, represents accessible poetry. I remember how daunting poems could be - especially in English class - when it became all about identifying 'figures of speech'. Also, how poems can say one thing and mean another - and how often, they don't mean what they say. Robert Frost gives you the false sense of comfort that his poems are simple, straightforward and won't pull this sleight of hand trick on you.

But that is wrong! The poems are ostensibly about farms and woods and nature -
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everybody. Forget about hating poetry (like I did) and pick it up
Shelves: read-english
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
Robert Frost is one of the most wide-read poets out there. And 'The Road Not Taken' is one of the most wide-read poems out there. With reason too. An excellent emancipatory poem that uses a road as the classical metaphor for life. The other poems in this collection however, where mystifying and frankly, quite uninspiring. The short ones were fine, I even liked "Design" and "House Fear", the latter sent the heebie-jeebies crawling down my neck. However, the long ones, particularly "The Generation ...more
Adrian Stumpp
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, american, poetry
I doubt anyone who has avoided reading Robert Frost is going to do it just because I say so. If you've never read a Frost poem, you've done so deliberately. All I can say is you're missing out. This collection is particular is very good. Editor Louis Untermeyer divides the collection into the various phases of Frosts career and adds commentary worth reading. I highly recommend Frost in particular to fiction writers, especially Frost's narrative poems, which are subtle and piercing.
Kells Next Read
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, poems
Borrowed this from my local library because I wanted to read my favorite poem by Mr Frost, The Road Not Taken. I absolutely love this poem, It's like my motto I try to live by. Anyways..I enjoyed this quick read and found a couple other poems to add to my collection. ( The four starts is for that poem alone hahaha )
Kimberley doruyter
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i love the title poem but my real fav isn't in this collection;(

i love the ones with snow in them, i don't know why.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Raven and Other Poems
  • Essential Tales and Poems
  • E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962 (Revised, Corrected, and Expanded Edition)
  • 100 Selected Poems
  • Selected Poems
  • The Complete Poems
  • Collected Poems, 1909-1962
  • The Poetry of Pablo Neruda
  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
  • Selected Poems
  • Poetry and Prose
  • Collected Poems
  • The Complete Poetry and Prose
  • The Collected Poems
  • Ozymandias
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience
  • Essays and Poems
See similar books…
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

Related Articles

Every month is a good month to appreciate poetry, but in April it's an official thing. Founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets,...
56 likes · 29 comments
“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.”
“Lovers, forget your love,
And list to the love of these,
She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze.

When the frosty window veil
Was melted down at noon,
And the caged yellow bird
Hung over her in tune,

He marked her through the pane,
He could not help but mark,
And only passed her by,
To come again at dark.

He was a winter wind,
Concerned with ice and snow,
Dead weeds and unmated birds,
And little of love could know.

But he sighed upon the sill,
He gave the sash a shake,
As witness all within
Who lay that night awake.

Perchance he half prevailed
To win her for the flight
From the firelit looking-glass
And warm stove-window light.

But the flower leaned aside
And thought of naught to say,
And morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away.”
More quotes…