The Controversial Poem: An Analysis of "The Road Not Taken"

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TJ Rigg Mrs. King English IA 27 Apr. 2009 The Controversial Poem: An Analysis of “The Road Not Taken” In today’s world, there are many people who consider themselves to be a one person, individual, or a loner. Examples of this include people who think that because they have a tattoo, piercing, or something of that nature, then that makes them their own unique person. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is about being an individual whose choice has nothing to do with today’s version of an individual. Although this person is never completely identified, there are two possibilities as to who the character could be. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” has had much discrepancy among critics about the meaning of each stanza, the identity of the narrator, and the themes of the poem. Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874. His parents were William Prescott Frost, a newspaper reporter and editor and William’s wife Isabel Moodie Frost, a school teacher. In 1892, Frost attended Dartmouth College. At some point, he left the college for reasons unknown. From 1897 to 1899, Frost attended Harvard University with a degree in poetry. “[Frost] held various jobs between college studies including bobbin boy in a Massachusetts mill, cobbler, editor of a country newspaper, school teacher, and farmer,” (Internet). On December 19, 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White. Together they had six children; Lesley, Elliot, Carol, Irma, Marjorie, and Elinor Bettina (Internet). When Frost would write his poems, he would write them thinking of them as being performances. These performances would be performed by none other than Frost himself in front of his fans. Because of this and other reasons, he was granted the title “The Great Poet.” Frost believed in five levels of life that he based his poems on. These levels are: life and death, past and present, external and

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