The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

1297 WordsFeb 23, 20166 Pages
The most famous poems are popular because of their versatility – the ones whose messages are valid beyond their era. Of course, our personal experiences shape the way we perceive things, which is why one artwork can have multiple different interpretations. Though there may not be any singular correct meaning, having contextual knowledge of a poem certainly helps us understand the thoughts and feelings that inspired the poet at the time. The poem I’ll be unveiling is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, one of the most well-known poets of the modern literature movement. He lived most of his life in America but moved to the UK a few years before World War 1. (Schmoop, 2008). Frost is known for pioneering the idea that poetry deserves to be spoken out loud, using rhythm and meter, giving his work a traditional ambiance. The title ‘The Road Not Taken’ suggests there is no “right” path, only the chosen path and the other path. It will always be the path “not taken” and hold the mysterious unknown – always leaving the speaker wondering what has been irrevocably lost. The poem explores making choices and the theme of individualism. The purpose of the poem was to provide assurance that there will never be a right or wrong choice. To understand these ideas further, we must open the doors to Robert Frost’s life and what, or in this case who, inspired his poem. -- Frost lived with his family in the countryside of Great Britain from 1912 to 1915. (Orr, 2015). Half a mile away lived

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