Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ is about the choices and opportunities in life. The poem highlights the sensation of regret that accompanies all the roads that a person doesn’t take.
'The Road Not Taken' is Robert Frost's most celebrated poem, and it is so popular that most people encounter it in school. This poem about making decisions and maintaining independence is timeless and easy to relate to. As such, it is, and likely will always be, one of the best poems of all time.
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 couwld
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Robert Frost, aka ‘nature boy,’ penned this lovely poem, ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ in 1922, subsequently published with his long poem, ‘New Hampshire’.
This is one of Robert Frost's best-known poems. This poem is an excellent example of Frost's penchant for natural imagery and his use of plain English to craft deep, profound metaphors that weigh heavily on the listener. However, its ability to capture the feeling of being overwhelmed is what has made it so meaningful to such a wide audience.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
‘Birches’ is one of the most famous, admired, and thoughtful Robert Frost poems. The poem profoundly describes something simple, an ordinary incident, in elevated terms.
This piece is one of the best representatives of Robert Frost’s use of blank verse. The events in this piece are generally playful and upbeat. They discuss the joy that can come from playing in the woods, particularly on the branches of a birch tree. However, this poem explores the limits of human reach, as the tree provides a vehicle to reach beyond one’s typical purview.
When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.
But swinging doesn’t bend them down to stay
‘The Freedom of the Moon’ by Robert Frost is a poem about humanity’s freedom. It uses beautiful figurative language to define the human experience.
This lesser-known Robert Frost piece is filled with meaning. On the outside, the poet appears to be discussing the freedom of the moon. It can be “tilted n the air” or “shining anywhere” the speaker pleases. It can be “brought…over glossy water” and “dropped…in.” These beautiful images combine to form a longer extended metaphor about freedom, or perhaps lack thereof.
I've tried the new moon tilted in the air
Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster
As you might try a jewel in your hair.
I've tried it fine with little breadth of luster,
‘To Earthward’ by Robert Frost contemplates the speaker’s connection to the earth. As he’s aged, he’s sought out more painful experiences in order to feel the same as he did in his youth.
This impressive poem describes the speaker’s connection to his emotions and his eventual desire to draw closer to the strength of the earth. The speaker describes his youth as a powerful influence, so sweet it was almost too much for him to handle. However, as he matures, he searches for pain rather than pleasure. This strange decision makes sense by the end of the poem, as he seeks to feel something real, turn “earthward,” and know the full range of his emotions.
Love at the lips was touch
As sweet as I could bear;
And once that seemed too much;
I lived on air
‘A Time to Talk’ by Robert Frost is a poem abut the importance of friendship. Nothing should get in the way of greeting a friend one truly cares about.
‘A Time to Talk’ speaks on the importance of friendship and how nothing should get in the way of greeting a friend who has come to visit. This poem is one of the best about friendship; thus, it has found a vast audience. According to the poem, it does not matter how tired one is or what work is left to do, a good friend sits down and has a “friendly visit” when someone comes calling.
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
‘Mending Wall’ by Robert Frost explores the nature of human relationships. The speaker suggests there are two types of people, those who want walls and those who don’t.
'Mending Wall' is one of Robert Frost’s best-known pieces. It discusses humankind’s desire to mark off territory, doing things like solidifying the boundary of one’s land. The speaker does not look kindly on this way of setting up boundaries. He sees it as barbaric and indicative of a more basic urge which humanity should’ve grown out of.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
‘Desert Places’ by Robert Frost is a dark poem that uses a snowstorm to depict universal human loneliness and the inevitable return of depression.
‘Desert Places’ is a typical Frost poem, as it discusses the themes of isolation and loneliness within a natural scene. In this case, the setting is a snowy landscape in which all animals are hidden, and no travelers wander. The land is described as “empty spaces,” which evokes fear in the speaker and makes him think of his own mental “desert places.”
Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.
‘Tree At My Window’ by Robert Frost celebrates the speaker’s love for nature. He focuses in on one specific tree outside his window that’s meant a lot to him.
In this well-known poem from Robert Frost, the speaker describes the feelings of companionship he holds for an old, dependable tree outside his window. The image of the tree is extremely important. Just as the speaker has watched the tree, the tree has watched over the speaker. They have been through a lot together and been one another’s steadfast companions.
Tree at my window, window tree,
My sash is lowered when night comes on;
But let there never be curtain drawn
Between you and me.
‘The Wood-Pile’ by Robert Frost is a beautiful, image-rich poem. It details a speaker’s journey through the woods and his discovery of a woodpile.
‘The Wood-Pile’ is a lesser-known narrative poem that describes a speaker’s journey through the woods to a strange, abandoned woodpile. A lover of Frost’s poetry will immediately recognize the walk through the woods as an important element in other texts as well. There is a theme of natural exploration, often inhibited or confused by human emotions, throughout Frost’s poetry, and this poem is no exception.
Out walking in the frozen swamp one gray day,
I paused and said, 'I will turn back from here.
No, I will go on farther—and we shall see.'
‘Gathering Leaves’ is a profound poem that delves into the themes of man versus nature, productivity, and change.
Like much of Frost's work, 'Gathering Leaves' examines the intersection of human life with the natural world.
Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
‘Come In’ by Robert Frost is a poem that takes a look at how we as people project ourselves onto nature.
This poem by Robert Frost does a good job of underscoring how well the poet can recreate natural sceneries and their enveloping mood. Often his poems involve a speaker strolling through some liminal space out in nature. This one is no different, underscoring his commitment to creating descriptive scenes that capture both the visual and emotional sense of the moment.
As I came to the edge of the woods,
Thrush music — hark!
Now if it was dusk outside,
Inside it was dark.