Two Toads Diverged

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these poetry reading and writing apps and websites.

April 17, 2014
Amy Wilson
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Out-of-School Learning

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we bring you this month's graphic, which reminds us how important every word is in a poem. For the full (and accurate) poem by Robert Frost, read "The Road Not Taken" below. 

For a list of great apps and websites to use with students to both explore and write poetry, see Graphite editor Erin Wilkey Oh's Board called, "Resources for Studying and Writing Poetry." Boards on Graphite provide members with a way to save, organize, and share content they find useful.

The Road Not Taken

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.