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.

works cited !

Allen, Austin. "The Road Not Taken." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. Web. 4 Mar. 2015. <>.


The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost (HD)

By: Ilan Davis


The poem tells a story of a person going on a journey on a road when all of a sudden there are two roads split and they have to decide which way they will take. The mood is uncertain in my opinion. The writer talks about being unsure about his choice and h has second thoughts of whether or not his route was the best route possible. At the end of poem the writer closes out by saying "I took the oneless traveled by, and that has made all the difference". At the end the writer was happy about the choice that he made.


There are 5 sentences in total that are compound and complex and there is 20 lines. The writer incooperates a lot of commas in the middle of the poem. These commas are meant for a pause in the sentence. The movement of the poem is smooth and connected.


Imagery- When the writer talks about the yellow wood i pictured fall in my head. Yellow wood sounds like leaves changing colors in a forest.

Diction- the diction in the poem is formal and simple.

Although there were no allusions in the poem, the poem does have some connection. You can connect this to a reeal life situaation. Often people have trouble deciding which route they should take or knowing wrong from right. In the poem Robert Frost has a scenario similar to an everyday issue.

Musical Devices

The rhyme scheme in the poem has an regular pattern. It starts off rhyming and then it begins to switch back and forth. The pattern is ABAAC. The poem is stressed meter. There is no alliteration.


The speaker was trying to decide which road he was willing to take. After he thought of how he could only take one road he chose the road that was the shortest way to travel. At first he was a littl disappointed he couldn't travel both roads but in the end he was happy he took the route he did.