At a glance:
- Author: Robert Frost
- First Published: 1916
- Type of Work: Poem
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: Traveling or travelers, Forests or forestry, Conformity, Joy or sorrow, Decision making, Autumn, Leaves
The first poem in Frost’s book Mountain Interval, “The Road Not Taken,” has long been a popular favorite. Like many of his poems, it seems simple, but it is not exactly straightforward, and even perceptive readers have disagreed considerably over its best interpretation. It looks like a personal poem about a decision of vast importance, but there is evidence to the contrary both inside and outside the poem. Frost has created a richly mysterious reading experience out of a marvelous economy of means.
The first significant thing about “The Road Not...
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