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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 257 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 6:46 PM.

I don't know who keeps doing this, but so far I've been impersonated twice
on this site, and I'm getting really ticked off. Comments #253 and #259
were not written by me. I never make fun of people nor their poetry. To
me, poetry is a sacred literary art, welcome for anyone to take a hand in.
It is a universal craft and let me tell you, people, never tell anyone that
they can't or shouldn't write poetry because then you are not worthy enough
to write poetry either. I have never heard of the "Red Mountain Review"--I
live in the Pacific Northwestern U.S., away from the Rockies. I also don't
think that E. Shinkle wrote comment #261 (I hope not), because then it
would have disregarded what I was saying in comment #256. I cannot stand
being misrepresented by anyone. I cannot stand having my personal views
and opinions twisted around by anyone. I cannot stand it when some one
frames me for anything I didn't do, and I didn't write comments #253 and
#259. Besides, I was sleeping when the first one was posted, and I was in
the Gym when the second one was posted. Please don't think that I'm a mean
person; some one else has been using my name. Besides, you all know me--my
comments are never that short. Keep writing poetry, all of you; I like
reading them.

TjB from United States
Comment 256 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 12:25 PM.

Joodie, I think your poem is very good. It is both short and
thoughtful--the way I like 'em. I have written something on this website.
For those who would like to look at it, I have it posted in the comments
section of Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Moe, I'll say it again: I thought the poem you wrote was great and I
didn't think it made us Americans look like we're from Texas either. The
historical allusions in it refer to events and people that existed
throughout the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere for that matter. keep on
writing poetry, everyone. It's the only way we can all improve.

TjB from United States
Comment 255 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 8:30 AM.

After many weeks of deep thought and meditation, I have thought of a
beautiful poem. I hope you like it, especially you, John Mark. Forgive me
for being gone for such a long amount of time.

The leaves are brightest
Before they fall from the tree
Into a large pile
Eaten away by time

Joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 254 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 7:52 AM.

People are'nt interpreting it right.....
A seed with wings is he American dream that seems to float around and
plant itself and grow in the minds of those looking for it.
What wasnt built to last was Native American culture.
Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull had a different version of freedom than
"real" Americans, probably a better one, hence they would never be swimming
in Beverly Hills- the American Dream Capital.
The Bering Straight is where the Indians first crossed into the
Americas during the ice age. Hence, an echo from it reminds Americans of
the controversial violence it took to get here.
Holding loads for dear Miss Fanny is a reference to a song by The Band
(thats the name) called The Weight.
The narrator of the song goes on an errand for Miss Fanny into a town and
everyone he meets gives him another errand after gretting him witha smile,
its a song about how people never really can be perfect, impossible
sainthood, so loads for Miss Fanny are the sins of our forefathers.
Buying sheet music in Tin Pan Alley just means that America is
submitting to the rule of large corporations, and im sure other countries
can relate, because Tin Pan Alley was the sheet music capital back in the
day, and the sheet music was extremely corporational, to the point where
music meant nothing, and thats wrong.
Wyatt and Billy are references to four different people. First: the
cowboys Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid, both outlaws and symbols of old
frontier. Second: they are the names of two character in the movie Easy
Rider, it is about two hippies named Wyatt and Billy riding across the
U.S.A. on motorcycles to look for American freedom, only to get shot down
by some hicks in the "heartland" of America who couldnt stand their long
hair and LSD and most of all, freedom. People in the United States are
prone to be like this, though not to the extreme of killing someone.
JFK being stoned from everyone side just means that he went so far out
on a limb to expose the mafia and other organized crime networks, and he
got killed for doing it. Just goes to show you how righteousness is often
snuffed out of our world.
The gold rush dream is was a reference to the gold rush accuring in
America, everyone driven by gold. I using a play with words to describe
the dream of freedom and good (not the american dream everyone talks about,
my american dream. Gold cannot stay, it is true as Robert Frost put it,
but ideas can, and have been staying and surviving by anyone wanting
something better--hope--is hope not a gold?
As for the last stanza: kings take fair game regimes away, and although
that may jsut be my oppinion. But it sometimes seems that our own govt can
take fair game away as well.
I hate how this country was founded on Christianity and violence, so I
included the part about the guns of Nazareth (birthplace of jesus) to
portray a country founded on guns and religion--doesnt seem so right does
So thats what the poem means, and I didnt mean it as an interpretation
of Road not Taken, i was just suddenly compelled to write it because of
other stuff written on the internet about americans, not just on this site.
It doesnt make me look like im from texas, it just makes me look like an
American dealing with what those before me gave me, and what others give

Moe from United States
Comment 253 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 5:44 AM.

Moe, that was a terrible interpretation of The Road Not Taken. Even John
Makr's second poem was better than yours. American history is totally off
subject. I like The Road Not Taken much more than your random
interpratation. So far John Mark is in first place wtih his first poem,
whatever it was called.

TjB from United States
Comment 252 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 5:26 AM.

Moe, where did you pull out of your hat that no none on this site likes
Americans? They're all very friendly! I didn't like your poem all that much
because it made us all sound like we're from Texas. It would make a better
poem if it were just about Texas. Does anyone here know how this poem
started? I want to know!

Tiff from United States
Comment 251 of 1117, added on October 17th, 2005 at 1:00 AM.

Bravo! That is truly an American poem. Historically sound and cheerful.
This is, of course, my opinion. But all of you on this site can't deny
that this is a very good poem. It even ties into Frost. Please, everyone,
keep posting your poems, I like to read and critique them. That's all I've
got to say for now, I don't have much time to comment on anything else.
Goodnight and pleasant dreams, everyone.

TjB from United States
Comment 250 of 1117, added on October 16th, 2005 at 10:48 PM.

First of all... yellow is used in visual works of art to create "warm"
visuals. Elga talking about black being happy is rediculous. And if
robert frost didnt mean yellow as happy... then why did Robert Frost use
yellow as the happiest color of all in Nothing Gold Can Stay? And how come
everyone seems to be bashing America on this site, we arent all from

Following a seed with wings,
They set off to find better things.
And trying for their dreams so fast,
They realized what wasn’t built to last.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull
Never would swim in a Beverly pool.
They’d eat, sleep, and hunt all day,
Cursing down the “American” way.

Yes an echo on the Bering Straight
Binds the Americans to their fate:
Holding loads for dear Miss Fanny.
Buying sheet music in Tin Pan Alley.

Wyatt and Billy easy ridin’ the line;
One not straight, crooked, or fine.
Looking for the U.S.A.,
They found jail cells and Cassius Clay.

Mr. King had a profound dream:
That blacks and whites can live as a team.
He’s a Superman on a racist day,
Fighting for “truth, justice, and the American way.”

And of course they shot JFK;
Those mobsters dreading judgment day.
They stoned him from every side.
When you’re out that far, there’s nowhere to hide.

So, so much for the gold rush dream,
For existent is “a gold that stays,”
A “hue” that stands for better days.
And people came from all around
Their faces yellow, white, black, and brown.

For it is true about what they say:
That kings take fair game regimes away.
And that the guns of Nazareth hath paved the way
For yet another Independence Day.

Thats a little of how I think of America, in poetic form. I wrote some
poetry Elga, what you gonna do bout it. (Spits)

Moe from United States
Comment 249 of 1117, added on October 16th, 2005 at 10:26 PM.

I don't have much time right now so I'll just comment on J. Mark's poem.
This more recent one that you've posted is interesting. I don't like it as
much as your first. This one seems to me to be more self-explanatory than
the first. I personally like implicity in poetry. I feel that the object
of poetry is to convey a message to the reader; however, it is done in a
way that causes the reader to question and contemplate the piece. I myself
have written some pieces: more traditional than freestyle. In fact I
recently completed a villanelle that I'm constantly revising. I probably
won't post it for comments until I'm satisfied that it's totally finished,
don't ask me when that will be. E. Shinkle, I also think your poem is very
nice. However, I favor implicit over explicit. I see that you can do lots
with your poetry, and that's a good thing. Bye!

TjB from United States
Comment 248 of 1117, added on October 16th, 2005 at 5:52 PM.

John Mark, that is a wonderful piece of poetry. TjB, I have found out what
the meaning is behind this piece of poetry. A poet on this site named
Joodie, a very old woman I should think, inspired him to write this when
she told him a piece of her life story. She had made some very bad
mistakes. It is all in Robert Frost: The Biography, which is a very good
read. I was surprised to find it in my local library. It didn't need to be
translated because this Romanian (she insists that she is Bulgarian,
though) knows English too, as you can see from her comments on this sight.
I was dissappointed to find that someone impersonated her. They told a Ross
that she wasn't really a poet or something like that. Good luck to Joodie
and John Mark, you both are excellent poets. John Mark, if you are showing
your worst poetry on this sight, then your good poetry must be amazing!

Everyone keep commenting on this great poem! It is so deep!

Tiff 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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