The Road Not Taken

by ROBERT FROST (1874-1963)

read by Jim Lueck as Mr. T

read by Ted Hughes

read 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 onto 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

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. He moved to New England at the age of eleven and became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, Mass. He was enrolled at Dartmouth College in 1892, and later at Harvard, but never earned a formal degree.

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3 Responses

  1. George King lll says:

    I enjoyed very much the reading of Robt. Frost. The others went for the rhyme pattern.

  2. Ray Weston says:

    The penultimate line, and the one before it, are incorrect. This should read:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by.

    This is how it was written, and thus scans correctly.

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