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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  3. ‘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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