Poetic Influence No. 5: “The Road Not Taken”

        Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” is one of my favorite poems, as it deals with one of my favorite topics: choices.  In my mind, this poem includes three of the best lines of poetry ever written:

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

        Throughout our lives we make many, many choices; perhaps, as many as there are stars in the cosmos.  I believe that it is these choices that shape us, even more so than nature and nurture.  I touched upon this idea in my poem “My Apologies.”  When looking back at the past, it is easy to blame family, friends, teachers, the government, or just about anybody for the way things turned out in our lives.  When you think about it long and hard, though, you would be hard-pressed not to come to the conclusion that your choices landed you right where you are.  Sometimes choices are easy, other times they are more difficult; either way, they are yours and yours alone to make.  For Frost, taking the path less traveled made all the difference.  Hopefully, one day I’ll look back and think choosing to write again made all the difference.  I suppose time will tell….

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  1. matthewexeter

     /  May 4, 2013
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  2. Very Good Poet l like so much! Hope the poets follow your example!!!!!!

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  3. brilliant! The Frost lines are my favorite as well. thank you for sharing your poem well done.

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  4. We live in a world shaped by many others actions. And YES… we make our own choices as we weave through our individual life tapestries.

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  5. That is also one of my favorite poems. A few years back i was in a women’s singing group and we actually sang the poem at one of our concerts. It was awesome being put to music! Very good writer Cody.

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    • Cody McCullough

       /  May 9, 2013

      I’m glad you like “The Road Not Taken.” It sounds like fun putting it to music.

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  6. choice

    ~

    the unpredictable processing

    that makes us

    human

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  7. Cody McCullough

     /  May 9, 2013

    Very true.

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  8. One of my most favourite poems….can be appreciated for its meaning and for the sheer beauty of its imagery

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    • Cody McCullough

       /  May 18, 2013

      The imagery is fantastic. Thanks for the comment.

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  9. One of my fave poems, thank you for sharing!

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    • Cody McCullough

       /  May 18, 2013

      I’m glad I did. Thank you for commenting.

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  10. A girl on my plane back from the U.S got a text from said country which was this exact poem, it’s a small world when coincidences like that happen.

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    • Cody McCullough

       /  May 18, 2013

      Aren’t coincidences great? They make you stop and think for a moment. That’s always a good thing. Thanks for the comment.

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  11. Fabulous poetry – both classic Frost and contemporary Cody! 🙂 ~ Truly enjoyed your words and presentation!! ~ RL

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  12. Well read, love your poem, and Robert Frost’s.

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    • Cody McCullough

       /  June 3, 2013

      I’m glad you like my poem, and the Frost poem. Thanks for your comment.

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  13. toad (chris jensen)

     /  June 3, 2013

    Reblogged this on tot123itsme.

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  14. ‘And I have miles to go before I sleep
    And I have miles to go before I sleep’ – my favorite stanza from Frost that relates well to ‘The Road not Taken’ as well Cody for its ability to look at how driven the human condition is in not only making good choices, but showing purpose in our lives. Thanks for sharing …

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  15. whoops – ‘and miles to go before I sleep’ – Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening -Robt Frost

    (sorry, I posted quickly)

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    • Cody McCullough

       /  June 15, 2013

      No worries. Great comment. There is nothing better than having purpose.

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