Friday, 10 May 2013

Day 293: The Road Not Taken


A classic poem today on making your own way in life.  Robert Frost  puts the metaphor of the 'path' in life to good use here, explaining that when faced with a choice of pursuing the mainstream ideal or the less popular one, he chose the 'one less travelled by.'  'And that has made all the difference'.

The Road Not Taken - 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 marked 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. 

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