Overview

“The Road Not Taken,” which was written in 1915, is the most famous poem by the American poet Robert Frost. It’s also perhaps the most widely misunderstood poem of all time. Though often taken to be a celebration of nonconformity, the poem is, in fact, a remorseful meditation on how every choice we make in life ultimately limits the scope of what we’ll be able to experience before we die. In other words, the poem powerfully explores the burden of free will. So, before you recite this to commemorate a key milestone or achievement in life, read this guide and find out what’s really going on!

Read a summary & analysis, an analysis of the speaker, and explanations of important quotes from “The Road Not Taken.”

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