Total Recall: The Road Not Taken

The Potpourri for the Pen column in the October 2018 Writer’s Digest challenged readers to remember the words of the famous Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken.” Below is a full version of the poem, with the missing words from Potpourri for the Pen indicated in bold.

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a 1. yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one 2. traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the 3. undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as 4. fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was 5. grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the 6. same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had 7. trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how 8. way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a 9. 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 10. difference.


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