The Road Not Taken Response

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Assignment 1 – The Road Not Taken Samantha Reddell ENG125- Introduction to Literature Professor Julie Alfaro October 5, 2012 Assignment 1 – The Road Not Taken The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost caught my attention more than any other work this week. This poem invokes feelings of nostalgia within me as the first time I read it was over ten years ago when I was at a tumultuous point in my young adult life. Given the feelings brought to the surface when reading a poem such as this the best approach would be in a reader response format as it allows the reader to describe their personal connection to the work and why if felt that way. According to our textbook, reader response is more than just an emotional response “ you must not depend solely on your feelings and opinions as you develop a critical essay: you must account for your feelings by finding specific aspects of the literary work that make you feel as you do” (Clugston, 2010). This poem captured my imagination with the tone that was set straight away. Frost presents us with someone who needs to make a choice between two paths; this can be viewed literally as someone in the woods making a choice between two paths, or a life decision that needs to be made. The images described always conjure up the image of a forest in the early fall; yellowing leaves peacefully fall to the ground while someone is contemplating their options. People make varying assumptions about what was being contemplated in this poem, and its ambiguity is what makes it so open to interpretation. One of Frost’s friends assumed the poem was a work of regretting his choice of occupation. In a letter of response to that friend L. Finger informs us that Frost said, “It was a rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life” (Finger, 1978). The feeling that
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