The following is a poem written in 1916 by Robert Frost. It can be found in his book Mountain Interval on page 9.
The Road Not Taken:
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 marked 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.
First of all, It was difficult to find a FAVORITE piece of writing since I have enjoyed so many, but this poem has always stood out to me in a way I can never put my finger on. Maybe it is the rhythm of the poem; the four stanzas are made up of five lines each with the first, third, and fourth lines rhyming and the second and fifth lines rhyming. For example, in the first stanza, Frost rhymes “wood”, “stood”, and “could” as well as “both” and “undergrowth”. It flows so easily. Perhaps I love this poem because of its relatable, yet sorrow-some message. For example, he remarks that he is “telling this with a sigh”, letting the reader wonder if he is happy with his decision. We, as humans inevitably will (or have) come to difficult decisions in life. We have to choose one path even if both seem equally as bright or as daunting. And maybe this poem captivates me because of its tone. To me, the tone seems so still: The lone traveler, the dead of fall or winter, and two empty paths; as a reader, I can’t help but have empathy for the traveler, hoping he will make the right decision. Somehow this short, old poem is able to emotionally connect with its audience and take them into the journey with the traveler. This is DEFINITELY an example of good writing!