The Poetry of Robert Frost
Robert Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes during his lifetime and performed a reading of his poem, “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
My mother introduced me to his poems when I was small. I’ve read many of his works but this one is my favorite.
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.
“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.”
Luke 3:5 NIV Bible