Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" Analytical Essay by capital writers

Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
This papers reviews the life of the poet Robert Frost, describes events in his life attributed to his writing of "The Road Not Taken" and discusses different interpretations of the poem to synthesize its most likely meaning.
# 28898 | 2,580 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jul 09, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that "The Road Not Taken" is one of the most famous, discussed and analyzed poems of Robert Frost, four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and arguably America's leading 20th-century poet. The paper points out that Frost stuck to the traditional "rhyme and meter" of poetry when other poets were experimenting with open forms of poetry such as "free versed". The author relates that "The Road not Taken" seems to be a simple, straight forward statement of the dilemma of making choices in one's life but lends itself to differing interpretations according to the readers own paradigms, which the author feels is the quality that prevents it from becoming trite and one-dimensional.

From the Paper:

"According to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, the author of In Robert Frost: The Trial by Existence, she has located the source for "The Road Not Taken." in one of Frost's letters written to Susan Hayes Ward on February 10, 1912 (much before his walks with Edward Thomas in Gloucestershire. In the letter Frost describes two lonely cross-roads that he had walked on several times that winter neither of which seemed "much traveled." While walking down one of the two roads, Frost describes his strange encounter with a man that looked "for all the world" like himself coming down the other. While looking at the "other man", Frost felt "as if I was going to meet my own image in a slanting mirror". He goes on to describe the strange feeling in the letter on meeting his own image on a road less traveled: "I stood still in wonderment and let him pass by; and that, too, with the fatal omission of not trying to find out by a comparison of lives and immediate and remote interests what could have brought us by crossing paths to the same point in a wilderness at the same moment of nightfall.""

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