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Robert Frost is often called a New England poet. How is this reflected in the poem "The...

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asola | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

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Robert Frost is often called a New England poet. How is this reflected in the poem "The Road Not Taken"?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Common characteristics of New England poets and their poetry abound in "The Road Not Taken."

Many of the poets from this area loved the natural world and made use of the beauty of the area in creating settings and situations for their writing. "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" - in that short phrase, you know where you are, what season of the year it is, and what the conflict to be explored is.

The language of the poem is simple and heartfelt. There are no elaborate descriptive phrases, no complicated terminology; the text is crisp and clear but loaded with symbolism for those who wish to find it.

The reader, at the end of the poem, understands the narrator's dilemna and shares in the frustration or regret expressed.

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.

The ability to draw the reader into the situation and enable him/her to come to deeply identify with the narrator marked the New England poets' writing style.

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