The Road Not Taken and Neither Out Far Nor in Deep by Robert Frost

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The Road Not Taken and Neither Out Far Nor in Deep by Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost is an American poet who is known for his verse concerning nature and New England life. He was born in San Francisco in 1874. When his father died in 1885, his mother moved the family to Lawrence, Massachusetts. Frost attended college sporadically after graduating high school and made a living by working as a bobbin boy in a wool mill, a shoemaker, a country schoolteacher, editor of a rural newspaper, and a farmer. He also wrote poetry but had little success in having his poems published until, in 1912, when his family moved to England. There, he was befriended by such established poets as Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, and Lascelles Abercrombie.
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Much of his poetry is concerned with the interaction between humans and nature. Frost regarded nature as a beautiful but dangerous force, worthy of admiration, but full of danger. The underlying philosophy of Frost's poetry is rooted in traditional New England individualism, and his work shows his strong empathy for the values of early American society (Encarta,1). I have chosen to analyze Frost's two poems "The Road Not Taken" and "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep." I chose these particular selections because of their vast differences in form and meaning. Each of these works represents a completely different outlook of Frost about life issues, and were written approximately twenty years apart. So many of Frost's poems describe relatively ordinary scenes or events that raise issues about the meaning of life and then conclude by suggesting a positive answer, such as "The Road Not Taken" does. However, "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep" represents the opposite end of the spectrum, dealing with the harsh questions of life, but offering no consolation or conclusion. The latter format in Frost's poetry is the rarer of the two among his extensive collections of poems, and which is the reason I chose one of each type. "The Road Not Taken" is one of Robert Frost's most familiar and most popular poems. It is author Terri Andrews' belief that the popularity of the poem is largely a result of the simplicity of its symbolism: The speaker must choose between different

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