Friday, 9 October 2009

The Road Not Taken

Yesterday was National Poetry Day so I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you a couple of my favourite poems (they're pretty short!)

First up is "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.

Next up is "Aede Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" by W.B. Yeats. I had to study this poem at university and really love the final lines:

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

I didn't really like poetry much when I was younger but have found over the last few years that I have a new appreciation for it :)

Do you have a favourite poem you'd like to share with me?


dottycookie said...

Your second poem is my absolute, all time favourite. We had it read at our wedding and every year in the run up to our anniversary I think about getting it calligraphed and framed with a wedding photo - and every year I leave it too late!

PinkLady said...

I love the first poem. I am a big fan of William Blake's poetry and I think my favourites would be 'Eternity' and 'The Clod and The Pebble'.

Lisa said...

I found a book of love poetry on a shelf at home when I was about 14 and the 3rd poem on this link is it, imagine the impact on a teenager!
The book also contained the first poem and I ahd forgotten all about that one.
Lisa x

spicyapplepie said...

Oh i love these poems, the second one is my favourites! I also love warning, by jenny joseph!
If you enjoy poetry Pam Ayres has a great programme on radio 4 it is really funny!
can't beleive I missed poetry day! thanks for the reminder!