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The Road Not Taken and Other Selected Poems

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  34,497 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Robert Frost is one of America's most beloved poets. He won four Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and was invited to read his poetry at John F. Kennedy's inauguration. His life was filled with personal tragedy which his poetry often reflected. Collected here are The Road Not Taken, The Death Of The Hired Man, The Mountain, Fire and Ice, The Generations Of Men, The Grindstone ...more
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Published April 22nd 2013 by Start Publishing LLC (first published 1916)
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Steven Godin
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, america
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
Bill  Kerwin
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-c-amer, poetry

A Boy’s Will (1914) established Robert Frost’s reputation, but Mountain Interval (1916) maintained that reputation and enhanced it. The book contains four commonly acknowledged masterpieces (“The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,”“Out, Out--,” “The Oven Bird”) and a few other popular favorites, such as the amiable “Time to Talk” (a parable of work and friendship), “Mr. Brown’s Descent” (a humorous story about an unflappable farmer), and “Christmas Trees” (seasonal haggling between the narrator and a ci
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both …

The first lines of this collection.

1916. Two years after North of Boston, but a little further from the city, seemingly. Not so many conversations, more short poems. The increasing distance from the city's "civilization" seemed to me to occasion some pretty dark poetry, not all by any means, but poems about a woman's unhappy, barren life (The Hill Wife), about two kids starting a fire in the forest just for the excitement of
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
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
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I forgot how much I love Robert Frost, havent read anything by him since High School and I regret it. Its soo good. ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Reading Frost’s poetry is like reading well crafted stories compressed into a few pages of sublime imagery or allusions.
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
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!
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
No one hate me for this, but Robert Frost is fucking overrated.

Or maybe poetry in general just isn't for me.
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
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 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
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

Two ro
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody. Forget about hating poetry (like I did) and pick it up
Shelves: male-authors, poetry
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: american, modern, 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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems, classics
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
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.
Kier (Myn Kobayashi)
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This is a beautiful poem whether you see it as sarcasm or individuality. I want to read more of hs work.

"was my rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life."-Robert Frost

John Yelverton
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite poem, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves good poetry, good meter, and poignant literary observations.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frost suggests we live between a past we chose and a future it constrains, eg. abstract Road not Taken & concrete Home Stretch.
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
Kiley Stevenson
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road Not Taken: Robert Frost

Personal Response:
This is a very beautiful poem and has a lot of hidden meaning within it. I really enjoyed reading it.

Plot Summary:
The Speaker stands in the middle of the woods looking at two roads diverging trying to decide which path to take. He examines both roads and comes to the conclusion that the two roads are basically identical. They both seem to have been walked across equally and both have leaves scattered across them. He chooses one path telling hi
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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
“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.”
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