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The Road Less Traveled

by Amanda Makepeace

Art: The Road Less Traveled by Artist Amanda Makepeace

From my Earthscapes I series, a small painting inspired by the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken. I read this poem first as a teenager battling Cancer, and then again while at University. Both times left impression that I've carried with me through life.

In my painting The Road Less Traveled, the black stone amongst all the earth toned pebbles symbolizes that path so few take in life. Be unique, be an individual and live life outside the box are all ideas I strongly believe in, and no doubt first experienced through Frost's poem and my life and death struggle at the age of seventeen.

The Road Not Taken (1915)

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.


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