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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"The Road Not Taken"

For John, BLUFI guess I didn't understand it from my time in school.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Mr Stephen Lynch, of The New York Post we have a re-look at Robert Frost's famous poem—"The Famous Robert Frost poem we've read wrong forever."

From Mr David Orr, who has written a new book, The Road Not Taken (Penguin Press), we get the following quote:

Orr writes that “The Road Not Taken” is “a thoroughly American poem.  The ideas that [it] holds in tension — the notion of choice, the possibility of self-deception — are concepts that define . . . the United States.”

It is also, as critic Frank Lentricchia writes, “the best example in all of American poetry of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

At the end of the day you have to decide for yourself what something means.  Critics are helpful, but they are only an input and not the people to dictate understanding.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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