The book is very quick-reading, and packs a wealth of thoughtful observations. I absolutely am not a poetry fan but I still have a few favorite poems from what I've heard over the years, which actually can be counted on one hand. Maybe I need to read it again as it often takes more than one read with poetry---and books, too, for that matter! Okay, so I gotta look at some of Frost’s poetry for school and while not all of his stuff is bad this is his one of his most popular poems and I feel like I need to comment on it... because it sucks. What I am competent to comment on is Orr's style of argument, which is verbose, complicated, and often a bit overheated, in the manner of a party guest who buttonholes you to share, at uninterrupted length, what he knows about whatever his pet obscure subject is. Change ). ( Log Out / The paper presents the thesis that Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is a metaphor for the choices we must make in life. I was disappointed that I didn't find more poems in this book that I really liked. If you appreciate words, criticism, thinking, meaning, and the many fascinating and challenging questions that poetry gives rise to, I can't imagine you won't take pleasure in Orr's terrific book on America's 'favorite' poem. But some of the poems are sort of nonsensical, some are more like short stories that I could not get into. Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire when, at the age of 38, he sold the farm, uprooted his family and moved to England, where he devoted himself to his poetry. Robert Frost is one of the most wide-read poets out there. Comments about the introduction and collection as a whole are at the end. I'll start the poem, then continue it within spoiler tags, that way you're not forced to read the whole thing if you already know it, but don't have to search it if you don't know it, or want to enjoy it again. It may sound cliched but this has always been a favorite of mine...I'm far from being able to recite any of his works, but something about curling up with this book feels like home to me. 1971. Frost’s poems are simple yet powerful. August 18th 2015 And 'The Road Not Taken' is one of the most wide-read poems out there. A quick, thoughtful read about America's favorite poem. My favorite parts were about "The Choice" and "The Chooser" which don't touch too much about the poem but the themes behind it. I have an all new respect for Robert Frost and The Road Not Taken (even if I now question my own c. This book presents some fascinating arguments for interpreting one of Robert Frost's seminal poems, The Road Not Taken. April 19th 1993 I didn't expect to read this (admittedly short) book in one day, but it was so inviting that I had a tough time putting it down. "The Road Not Taken." Although he is considered to be one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, his first collection. Smart, well written, and reader friendly, this book is a terrific glimpse of two minds at work, Frost's and Orr's. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Orr’s writing has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Believer, and Pleiades magazine. “The Poet” considers Frost’s biography and the process by which the real man morphed into the legend, a process that was already going on while he was alive. We’d love your help. Revisit this chestnut from high school, travel the roads that make all the difference as well as those that lead to more of the same, and open your mind to a new view of the poet and his least understood work. The title Frost did choose, like many of the words of the poem, allows more than one interpretation. If you've never read a Frost poem, you've done so deliberately. "The Road Not Taken" included in the list of 10 most liked poems by American Authors of All times is truly a perfect example of interweaving of delight and wisdom. I am a huge believer in "you always have a choice" and am fascinated by how and why humans chose the way they do. Who would think there is so much to think about in this short poem! Ashley Poston made her name with Once Upon a Con, a contemporary series set in the world of fandom, and her two-part space opera, Heart of... To see what your friends thought of this book, The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong, Such an interesting examination of Frost's well-known poem with a view toward Frost's ideas of the individual and self, and a discussion of duality in his poetry. The final lines in particular, ‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I–I took the one lest traveled by, and that has made all the difference,’ are often quoted and referred to as inspirational words to challenge us to overcome obstacles in life. See all 4 questions about The Road Not Taken and Other Poems…. Category 1: Subject of the Poem Even though people tend to overlook this part of the poem, the title is perhaps the biggest giveaway, especially with The Road Not Taken. Robert Frost wrote this poem for his friend Edward Thomas, as a joke. His pastoral images of apple trees and stone fences -- along with his solitary, man-of-few-words poetic voice -- helped define the modern image of rural New England. The other poems in this collection however, where mystifying and frankly, quite uninspiring. There is obviously a contradiction in "The Road Not Taken" between the speaker's assertion of difference in the last stanza and his indifferent account of the roads in the first three stanzas. B. But, since its clearly a collection of very well-written and poignant, sometimes very emotional poems, I did not mind giving up a portion of my life reading it. So Orr's book enlarged on my own perspective of the Road Not Taken poem, providing context and cultural extension, which I truly enjoyed. I confess that I myself have long held commonplace misconceptions about the meaning(s) of this poem. The english itself is not as hard as it might seem, and I could actually make sense out of it, and even enjoy it. This is a lovely little book, divided into four main sections and an epilogue. So I asked the teacher to quiz me, which she did, and after I got my A she let me read the whole book - this one. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He never really says what the "right" interpretation of The Road Not Taken, if there even is one. ( Log Out / The book is very quick-reading, and packs a wealth of thoughtful observations. .I was amazed to see that 20 lines of verse could support 172 pages of text. Borrowed this from my local library because I wanted to read my favorite poem by Mr Frost, The Road Not Taken. This book should be mandatory reading if studying this infamous poem. ( Log Out / The Road Not Taken was written by an American poet called Robert Frost. Some of my favorite poems include “To the Thawing Wind,” “Blueberries,” “The Black Cottage,” and “The Road Not Taken.” I feel bad for saying this, but besides "The Road Not Taken". This was an unexpectedly enjoyable. David Orr is the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review. All I can say is you're missing out. Summary of “The Road Not Taken” Popularity: This poem was Written by Robert Frost and was published in 1961 as the first poem in the collection, Mountain Interval.The poem, having a perfect rhyme scheme, ‘ABAAB’ is an ambiguous poem that allows the readers to think about choices they make in life. Be the first to ask a question about The Road Not Taken. But it is a contradiction more profitably described—in light of Frost's other investigations of questions about choice, decision, and action—as a paradox. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I ended up giving this 3.5 stars and rounded up to two on Goodreads. To be quite honest, I've never been a fan of Frost's poem. He decides to instead travel down the other track which is less travelled. This book has given me new insights and approaches to reading Frost in the future and an increased respect for his skill and purpose. If you read only one 184-page exegesis of a twenty-line poem this year, let it be this one. In the poem, the main character is walking down a forest track when he comes across a junction. The other called it a spear ‘cause he touched the tusk. Anyways..I enjoyed this quick read and found a couple other poems to add to my collection. This is a lovely little book, divided into four main sections and an epilogue. While I have always enjoyed his poetry, I will be honest in saying that I had not known of the duality present in much of it. An excellent emancipatory poem that uses a road as the classical metaphor for life. This is a book-length analysis about Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken". Start by marking “The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I picked up this book because I'm slowly progressing. One of my favorites is The Mending WAll. Yep. Also, how poems can say one thing and mean another - and how often, they don't mean what they say. Robert Frost is one of the most wide-read poets out there. One touched its tail and said an elephant felt like a rope. I'm not sure if this is a cultural biography or finding America, but it's good. Which was next to zero. With reason too. You can use them to display text, links, images, HTML, or a combination of these. The Road Not Taken and Other Poems contain three of Robert Frost’s earliest collections: A Boy’s Will, North of Boston, and Mountain Interval. The thing is, in class, we were discussing this poem forever and I, who got the meaning of the poem from the very first lesson, could not stand just digging into it. We’d love your help. The rest shared their various interpretation of what this gigantic animal feels like to them. I enjoyed the poem by Robert Frost. David Orr is pretty sure he knows, and that a lot of other smart people (including the fellow poet whom Frost said inspired the poem) were or are wrong.