Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken (1923)

 

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

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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

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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,

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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,

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And that has made all the difference.