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The Road Less Traveled By

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"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is one of the most famous and widely-read American poems. It's also one of the most commonly misinterpreted. What was Frost really saying? What is the significance of poetry? Let's watch as John Green offers us some potential answers.

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While you are probably familiar with "The Road Not Taken," you might want to review it again here. In fact, you can listen to the poet, Robert Frost read his own poem here!

But what do people say about what the poem means? 

Here is one interpretation that is commonly used by students.

This article discusses a book that looks at how this poem is famously misinterpreted.

John Green mentions Robert Frost's friend who died after taking "the road less traveled." Read more about that story here.
So, Frost was really talking about choices. They make a difference in our lives even if they seem simple and insignificant at the time. Maybe those choices don't seem important at the time, but perhaps they will lead us in a direction we didn't anticipate.

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