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The Road Not Taken and Other Poems

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"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations and
Paperback, Unabridged, 49 pages
Published April 19th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published 1916)
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Celeste Yost No -- this is a book of poetry by Robert Frost. It's a beautiful book.

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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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
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
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
Barbara Lovejoy
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
"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
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.
Nov 30, 2015 added it
Shelves: for-school
No one hate me for this, but Robert Frost is fucking overrated.

Or maybe poetry in general just isn't for me.
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
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
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
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
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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)
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
This is my favorite poem, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves good poetry, good meter, and poignant literary observations.
Taymara Jagmohan
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenny Schwartz
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
In 2016 I had one reading goal - to read a book of poetry. "The Road Not Taken and Other Poems" by Robert Frost was the book on the shelf in the small poetry section at my local bookshop that appealed to me most, so that was what I chose. I wanted a collection of poetry from a single poet, one not too daunting so that I could read it slowly and enjoy it.

This collection begins with poems that affirm that life is good. There is a yearning celebration of relationships, of having a place where one b
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Robert Frost's poetry, for all intents and purposes, is what opened my heart to the little things in life. Every flower, every gust of wind that lifts my hair... I notice these things and wonder and think and live. To keep myself centered, I remind myself everyday that "the road less travelled by" makes all the difference. A rain shower brightens my day. Snow makes me warm inside. Rivers and streams help me to breathe easier. The soft undulations of grass under a dying summer breeze l ...more
J.M. Hushour
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Consistent with my inconsistency, I have as many weird gaps in my poetry reading as I do with my fiction or proctology textbook reading. I confess to never having read more than a poem or two by the be-all end-all Robert Frost. And I have to say: not bad, Bob. You can spin some mother-flippin' verse like there's no tomorrow. I don't really have much more to say except: why does 'proctology' get flagged in spell-check?
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book. Robert Frost is my all time favorite poet, and I have always had a soft spot for poetry. Frost examines nature, human frailty, life, and self confidence in this collection of poems. In my personal opinion, Frost has the ability to take an everyday experience that each person struggles with and turn it into a sentence that allows you to grasp the weight of the experience. I could read it over and over.
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a little beautiful book and simple poems that are deep with beautiful images and deeper meanings. I love reading aloud those that I am more familiar with and read several times each of them to get at those deeper meanings because they don't pop out clearly for me on the first reading.

So poetry is not my comfort genre. In fact, I used this little book to fulfill the task for a challenge asking for a genre seldom read although I had this book for some time.
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He has long been favorite poet. I cannot imagine not loving his poetry, but apparently there are those who do not. I think he can seem deceptively simple, but his poems have always painted vivid pictures for me.
Monica Jones
I absolutely love reading his poems. He is an amazing poet and analyzing his poems is fun. When you look deeper they had an important message.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-360
ROBERT FROST; also known as: your tasteless dad's favourite poet; also known as: the unwitting MC of your shitty high school's commencement speech; also known as: Wallace Stevens for dumbasses. Author of easily the world's most consistently misread poem, a poem entirely making fun of dumbass blowhards, Frost is now read alloud by dumbass blowhards with deep earnesty the world over, which is, at the very least, something to admire. But even with the lens of irony Frost manages to bore me to tears ...more
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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
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“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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