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The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost
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Some people claim that Frost wrote the poem to make fun of his friend Edward Thomas, who had trouble deciding where to go when they took long walks together. Imagine you are Edward Thomas. Write a letter to Frost to tell him of your reaction to the poem.

Edward Thomas, a British poet and writer, was inspired by his friend Robert Frost to choose between two roads that led to different places. Edward Thomas writes in a letter to Frost that he will decide on both roads, and regrets not having chosen one over the other.

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Bob,

It is a great honor that I was the inspiration for this wonderful piece of writing. As always, you have captured with your words and wit, a simply complex situation. I have noticed that both roads are almost the same, but no reader of your poem can know what...

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Bob,

It is a great honor that I was the inspiration for this wonderful piece of writing. As always, you have captured with your words and wit, a simply complex situation. I have noticed that both roads are almost the same, but no reader of your poem can know what is just around the bend. Obviously what you are trying to tell me is that I should choose. There will always be regrets at what we don't choose, but one must learn to make the choice and live with the consequences.

Thanks for your wise counsel,

Ed

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I would be honored.  I think the poem is beautiful.  I would be impressed that my friend wrote this tribute to me, and took such as minor and mediocre event and elevated it to a metaphor about life.  I might find it funny, but I would not be offended.  Maybe THAT is the road less traveled!

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