The Almost Universally Misinterpreted Poem “The Road Not Taken” and the Fascinating Story Behind It



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Robert Frost is one of the most critically acclaimed American poets of the 20th century, which is a roundabout way of saying you almost certainly studied one of his poems in school. Most likely, it was a short piece called The Road Not Taken- a poem famous for being one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted poems ever written, and a testament to how twisted the meaning of something can be by taking a quote out of context. Oh, and it also played a small role in the death of the guy it was written about. To begin with, the part of the poem most everyone is intimately familiar is the last three lines…

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Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jul/29/robert-frost-edward-thomas-poetry

http://www.businessinsider.com/frosts-road-not-taken-poem-interpretation-2014-3?IR=T
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/15/orange_is_the_new_black_on_road_less_traveled_show_gets_robert_frost_poem.html” target=”_blank
http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/frost/section7.rhtml
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=amUdiZLtBJcC&pg=PA137&dq=robert+frost+very+tricky+poem&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAGoVChMInY-IvqToxwIVBdWACh2hrwc7#v=onepage&q=robert%20frost%20very%20tricky%20poem&f=false
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173536
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/frost/road.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Thomas_%28poet%29
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Frost

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47 thoughts on “The Almost Universally Misinterpreted Poem “The Road Not Taken” and the Fascinating Story Behind It

  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    oh god finally memorised the poem………. listening to it makes memorise the poem easier

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    The first YouTube video I've ever clicked 'like' on. You completely deserve it.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    have both you and Simon decided to talk faster than you used to? lately, both of you talk so fast that I almost can't process what you're saying and I miss parts of it. either my ears are getting slower or you've gotten faster. otherwise it was a great video and I enjoyed the interpretation of the poem.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I didnt like this guy at first, but he really grows on you. 🙂 he seems like a cool cat.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Watched this video two days ago and it is haunting me still. My favorite "Today I Found Out" so far–and I like all of your team's work!

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    i just made a short travel film about this poem. If anyone wants to check it out, it would make me so happy 🙂

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    nice presentation to a subject almost no one cares about. kudos to your awesome research
    but I am really more interested on your hoodie , I love it 😀

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Sorry, found several other scholars who will 100% disagree with this and will also use Frost words to support their view. Call me a hippie or snowflake as I wear it proud. I believe the scholars who disagree with this view.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    That was sad, but I suppose it was inevitable. Sorry the decision cost him his life, but glad he made a conscious decision.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Even your description of the author's life is poetic. This might be the best video from you guys. Wow.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I always went with the 'regret' interpretation, because there seemed to be something sad about the poem.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    lots of talking and research with no emotion whatsoever. It's fantastic that you did all this research… but you kill all the beauty with all this analytical nonsense. You can interpret the poem yourself too you know. What it means to you. Not just what it means to the world. Or what Frost meant. Who gives a shit what he meant. Frost is a moron. Just a regular imbecile. Like the rest of us. He wrote a poem, because he writes poetry. Maybe Frost is the one that doesn't get it. He thought it was about all his trickery… but it wasn't and isn't.

    The poem is simply about all the paths you didn't take, and how much more of that there is. Your life is only one path. The entirety of the rest of everything else becomes "The Road Not Taken". The poem is bout the regrets you have about all the other paths you didn't take, for whatever reason. They are all still there, and there are infinitely more roads we don't take. We only get "One Road'. This poem is a lament for all the rest.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I'm glad I just finished my school work and didn't misunderstood the poem and even used the word regret yay

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Wow thats ammazing. You did a very great job. Just try to slow it down a little. I love how the poem is so diverse that everyone can find a way to relate to the poem. I think its because it shows the internal battle in all of us. But I wasnt aware that it had so much relavance to the author and his friend.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    This guy has zero charisma. If he was a spice, he'd be flour. His nickname should be "Mr. Coke-Zero"

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    This video was an interesting study in Judaism. They are very cunning.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    What a nice story, sad kind of friendship.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Fascinating stuff. I knew the poem was widely misinterpreted, but not the history behind it.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Oh wow. This is very interesting! I've never seen the poem in that light before. The morbid backstory really gives this poem a new layer. Thanks for this video! 😀

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Wonderful. Do more like this. You guys are great…I I discovered you a couple of months ago & am a subscriber. Thanks.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I said similar things about this poem in highchool AP class but got laughed for my interpretation from classmates. I needed this video lol I wish I was more assertive.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I read those lines as "the two paths where equal, but by choosing one I made it different."

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I think this is my favorite video from this channel yet, and that's saying a lot. Thank you. Thomas may have made a choice, but like the doubt has not abated. Did he make the right choice? Sadly, that answer will never be answered and perhaps will be forever hotly debated.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    First time seeing you on this channel, but I loved it! This was a brilliant analysis on this poem! Please do more videos like this!

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    It's 2 am, and instead of sleeping I am watching this. All in all its a good explanation of the poem.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    I think it means "so I didn't take EITHER path, I took the grass in between the two, which was, of course, LESS traveled by, and this compromise made all the difference."

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