The Road Not Taken

two roads

1 Aug. 1915: Robert Frost’sThe Road Not Taken was first published in the “Atlantic Monthly”

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.


La strada non presa

Due strade divergevano in un bosco giallo
e mi dispiaceva non poterle percorrere entrambe
ed essendo un solo viaggiatore,
rimasi a guardare a lungo, più lontano che potevo
fin dove si perdeva tra i cespugli.

Poi presi l’altra, che era altrettanto bella,
e forse aveva l’ aspetto migliore,
perché era erbosa e meno consumata;
Sebbene il passaggio
le avesse rese quasi simili.

Ed entrambe quella mattina erano lì uguali
con foglie che nessun passo aveva annerito
oh, misi da parte la prima per un altro giorno! 1
anche se, sapendo che una strada conduce verso un’altra,
dubitavo che sarei mai tornato indietro.

Lo racconterò con un sospiro
da qualche parte tra anni e anni:
due strade divergevano in un bosco, e io –
io presi la meno battuta,
e quello ha fatto tutta la differenza.


6 thoughts on “The Road Not Taken

  1. A great and thoughtful poem. I saw a school production of the play based on the book ” The road less traveled” by Scott Peck. Interesting that the poem by Frost was to seize the opportunity of the day… Thanks for sharing , Luisa.

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