...from a BookLover

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Road Not Taken

One of my favourite poems:

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.
 -Robert Frost-
 from "Mountain Interval" (1920)

I love this poem! It always makes me want to try out something new, something I have not done before. Travel somewhere unexpected or taking the odd turn. Do something different with my life.

It is one of the most inspiring poems I have ever read - and perhaps ever will read.

A winding river

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