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The Road Less Travelled

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.


About Robert Frost - 1874 - 1963

Robert Lee Frost was a teacher and a poet.

During his lifetime, Frost's poems appeared in a wide variety of American publications.

He recited his poem, "The Gift Outright" at John Kennedy's Presidential inaugruation.

He was awarded four Pulitzer prizes for poetry; something never achieved by any other poet.

As a young man, he had to choose between pursuing a life of Science or Poetry.

Phrases from his poems continue to be part of American speech.