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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 267 of 1117, added on October 18th, 2005 at 10:55 AM.

I give up, at least I tried to apologize, how about you?
If you guys read further down you'll see that this whole thing wasnt
started by me, I never put out the first insult, I was just asking
questions. I'm sorry for trying to defend myself a little bit at the end
of my comments. This will be my last post.

Moe from United States
Comment 266 of 1117, added on October 18th, 2005 at 5:55 AM.

TjB, I agree with your comments on a few things. You say that verse and
poetry are equal. To me, prose is more powerful because rhyme is
restricting.
Second of all, you say that there is no bad poetry. My motto is...There is
no bad poetry, only bad poets.
The second is referring to Moe. You defend yourself in comment 262. Tell
me, if you were eating dinner with the Baroness of England, and you
accidentally spilled tea on her, would you say, "Sorry, your Baroness, I am
so sorry!" (yes) or "A sad miscommunication im sorry...i dont mean to
insult anyone. People just cant handle the slightest opposition, makes them
uptight because they question what they believe lol." (no!) The latter is
from your comment in comment number 262. Thank you for your time, and
Joodie, keep writing! And the rest of you!

John Mark III from United Kingdom
Comment 265 of 1117, added on October 18th, 2005 at 5:26 AM.

I've been reading this site for a while and I have found out why everyone
gets t.o.'ed at Moe. It's because he always apologizes, but, for example,
at the end of comment he will put something rude, "i dont mean to insult
anyone. People just cant handle the slightest opposition, makes them
uptight because they question what they believe lol." He just said that
Elga or whoever was uptight. SO now she'll get on again and be mad at you.
Moe, your problem is that you always are trying to put in the last word.
You need to stop. It's just stupid and you're acting childish. If you act
this way again I will tell your mother. I know right now you are thinking,
"What???", but trust me, you better watch out.

Starla from United States
Comment 264 of 1117, added on October 18th, 2005 at 12:47 AM.

Don't worry, Moe, you weren't hurting anyone intentionally, you were simply
giving J. Mark's poem criticism. If you can't bear the pressure of
criticism as a poet, then you simply can't use that criticism to improve.
Criticism is a very good thing for writers. It provides feedback and (good
criticism) offers advice. I could go on all day about how J. Mark's poem
does not connect with Frost's standards because it is simply not a poem in
verse. Frost had expressed throughout his lifetime that he could never
write a poem in prose since it goes against his belief in poetic language.
This caused difficulties with many other writers at the time because they,
unlike Frost, favored prose over verse. It's nothing to be worried about
if a poem isn't identical to someone else's--it just means that you have
your own poetic voice and form. The meaning can be the same (which is the
important part), but the structure doesn't always matter. J. Mark, your
first poem is up to par with Frost's, it's just (in my opinion) something
Frost may not have entirely accepted. But the times have changed and verse
seems to be diminishing as more and more people experiment with prose. I
personally am divided between prose and verse. However, I don't think
either one is better than the other. This is some proper criticism. I've
weighed down the good and bad aspects of the poem (to me, there weren't
really any bad aspects). But how you respond to it (all of you) is
entirely up to you, so is your choice whether to revise a poem based off of
criticism or not. I'm not just talking to J. Mark and Moe, I'm talking to
all of you. So everybody, let's just give up this harmful charade of
name-calling and boo-hooing.

TjB from United States
Comment 263 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 9:00 PM.

I never insulted anyones poetry until a few messags ago.
I said I didnt agree with j marks interpretation poem, but i said that i
like it. After that everyone took it as an insult and then insulted my
poem. A sad miscommunication im sorry...i dont mean to insult anyone.
People just cant handle the slightest opposition, makes them uptight
because they question what they believe lol.

Moe from United States
Comment 262 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 8:26 PM.

Moe, I believe that prose poetry is just as powerful as verse poetry.
Fifty percent of poetry these days is prose. Verse may be the traditional
high and lofty form of poetry, but it can become just as meaningless as any
prose poem without meaning. This is the problem these days: Many people
write something down on paper and call it prose. It doesn't have to make
sense or have any meaning, it's just poetry. I disagree with this.
Poetry, to me, is expression. If you just write something down and call it
prose without giving it enough thought (or any at all) then it isn't a very
good poem. I believe that there are no bad poems out there, because
whatever one writes, it can always be revised or expanded into something
better. I am not pointing fingers at anyone and I don't think that there
is a single bad poet on this site. We all have room for improvement and
that's much better than being someone who is the very best, but can do no
better with their poetry.
However, Moe, I understand your frustration. You simply stated your
opinion once (although you could be a little less arrogant and proud when
you write--don't worry I have a great deal of pride myself) and you're
being hammered by everyone else for it. I actually feel very disgusted at
how all of our comments seem to be turning into childish name-calling when
this site was simply meant for posting our opinions of "The Road Not
Taken." Since when has this turned into a chat-site? I hate it when
people put other people down for stating their beliefs, just because they
don't agree with them. It's a personal attack that draws away from what
the discussion is about. But I hate it even more when some of us call
other people's poetry crap. That's not criticism, that's verbal abuse.
This is a poetry website, not a chat-site. My point is, is that I'm very
disappointed in those who hammer others on this site just because they have
stated their opinions. This is a site promoting the freedom of expression.
Anyone can come on to this site and say what they want. Moe, I do think
you have become very curt, but I see where you're comin from. All of you,
I know where you're all coming from. But this abuse has got to stop.
There, I got out everything that was on my mind. Thankyou. Keep on
writing!

TjB from United States
Comment 261 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 8:12 PM.

Someone keeps impersonating me!!! Omg!!!! Who could it be????

Jenny from Armenia
Comment 260 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 7:53 PM.

Tjb, I will anser your question yes i did write that. I think Moe does not
understand poetry and is putting everyone down. I am an excellent poetry
writer and love poetry altogether, but when some twit like moe comes around
and starts insulting everyones poetry I put my foot down! Meaness is a
horrible thing moe so quit it I am an old lady and in all my years I have
never met someone who was so negative. keep writing poetry everyone, even
if moe is jealous

Elga Shinkle

Elga Shinkle from Australia
Comment 259 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 7:45 PM.

I think TJB is right and we are all wrong, you cant dismiss somebody's
poetry if it really poetry. I remember: Serpico is a movie about a cop
named Serpico who exposes the corruptness of the NYPD back in the 1970's--
a true story, I suggest it to anyone. Serpico could have joined in on and
capitalized on the unlawlessness of the situation, but instead he risked
his life to expose the NYPD with the help of the New York Times. Al Pacino
plays the lead role, and when he interviewed the real Serpico:
Pacino: "So why did you do it."
Serpico: "Because if I didn't, who would I be when I listened to a piece
of music."
He's right, who are people to write poetry and then be so mean, it is
contradictory and shameful. Dont you agree?

Moe from United States
Comment 258 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 7:32 PM.

Jeez, I think you people just like to hate people. Your poems have no form
or meter. They're basically diarrhea of the mouth and dont have much
insight. So what if you have "dramatic" pauses. And get some original
ideas, you can't be inspired by dead leaves and crap all of the time. You
people flock together.

Moe from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 1. The Road Not Taken
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
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