A READER-RESPONSE APPROACH TO “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN”
OCTOBER 1, 2011
Literature is one of the purest forms of human expression. The opportunity to read a literary piece is a gift in that it allows the reader a unique ability to enter into another world, a world that the author has taken the time to share with you, opening doors and windows into the soul of not only the writer but you the reader as well. Webster’s defines literature as “writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest” 2011 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated but to the individual, literature is so much more. The actual meaning of the word varies based upon the individual that uses it.
The poem “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN” was written by author Robert Frost in 1916. Frost was born in 1874 in San Francisco Ca. He traveled with his family at the age of 11. He began writing poetry while in high school. He attended Dartmouth College as well as Harvard University but did not graduate from either institution, although in 1957 he was awarded honorary degrees from both Cambridge and Oxford, by the end of his career, he had been awarded a total of 44 honorary degrees in all. Frost tried his hand at farming, teaching, and even an editor of a local newspaper, but was unsuccessful. His first published poem was featured in The Independent, a New York newspaper, for which he was paid $15.00. Inspired and motivated, Frost finally got his high school sweetheart Elinor White, to accept his proposal of marriage and they moved to England so that he could devote all his time to writing. Robert Frost’s first child, a son was born nine months after he and his wife married, but unfortunately n his third year of life he became gravely ill with...