Mountain Interval

Author: Robert Frost  | Date: 1916

The Road Not Taken

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 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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Chicago: Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken," Mountain Interval Original Sources, accessed November 28, 2022,

MLA: Frost, Robert. "The Road Not Taken." Mountain Interval, Original Sources. 28 Nov. 2022.

Harvard: Frost, R, 'The Road Not Taken' in Mountain Interval. Original Sources, retrieved 28 November 2022, from