Posted by: angiefm | January 25, 2009

The Road Less Travelled – A Random Musing

I was just on another homeschool mom’s blog and noticed the phrase “the road less travelled” in her description of herself in her profile.  I have noticed that homeschoolers use that phrase quite a bit and I wanted to comment on it, since I love the poem from which it was taken.  (Poem at the end of post).

Some Thoughts

Now I’m no poet and I’m no Literature major, but here are some thoughts. 

First, note that the poem is titled The Road Not Taken and not (as commonly thought) The Road Less Travelled.  The focus is on the road the poet didn’t take, not the one he did.

Second, it would seem that the two roads have almost equal merit, as evidenced by the phrases, “sorry I could not travel both”, “just as fair”, “really about the same”, “equally lay”.

Third, it does sound at the end like there was some regret in having chosen the road less travelled.  “I shall be telling this with a sigh”.  Though it does end ambiguously, because you cannot tell from the last line, “that has made all the difference” whether or not the difference has been positive or otherwise.


And so it is with homeschooling.  That while we have chosen this one path, we really cannot say how things would turn out if we had chosen the other. 

So if you have made the decision to walk this path, seize the day!  Enjoy the stroll, breathe deeply, wonder, love … and treasure each moment.

But if you have to return to walk the other path, do not be disheartened.  There is a time and season for everything.  Be thankful that you were given the opportunity then go forth and enjoy the stroll on the Other Road.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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.



  1. haha yes i like that poem too.
    My interpretation of it is that robert frost was feeling wistful about the path he did not choose, because the title of the poem is road not taken rather than the road he did take.
    What i conclude from the poem is that we should think carefully when choosing life’s paths because it can make all the difference in our lives.
    As I have said to friends, with homeschooling either my kids would turn out great or dead because I might just strangle them out of frustration 🙂

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