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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 245 of 1135, added on October 16th, 2005 at 11:11 AM.

Okay, I understand what "Mere" is now. But I don't agree with John Mark's
interpretation or his poem, although his poem was great, really--with the
obviously dead leaves taking away the scent, good stuff, but that poem
would be a great substitute for Nothing Gold Can Stay--another Frost poem
that is actually about THAT kind of loss. THAT poem is about the death of
youth, time gone by, etc. I think the poem (Road not Taken) is mainly
about Frost's satisfaction with the road that he has taken; the fact that
he takes a road and cannot turn back is just an aside, or non existent. I
say this because he describes the roads as equally traveled by--
"Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black."
The wood in which he is writing about is a yellow wood, and yellow is
generally the symbolic of happyness--a warm color. Black is obviously the
opposite, and he writes that no leaves have been trodden black and that the
paths are equal. He realizes that "way leads on to way," and that he
cannot turn back, but is still happy with the road taken. He sees the road
that he took as wanting wear (in his mind), and that in reality both were
the same, leading into an equally colored wood whose two paths could have
lead to equally infinite possibilities.

Moe from United States
Comment 244 of 1135, added on October 16th, 2005 at 8:08 AM.

TjB and all the others, a "mere" American is not an insult. It means that
you have a low caffeine intake. its not an insult so settle down.

I love this poem. I can't believe that J.M. III knows how it got started!
Awesome!

Ursula from New Zealand
Comment 243 of 1135, added on October 16th, 2005 at 2:22 AM.

Tiff, I am answering your P.S. question from the comment that you posted
about Frost's "The Road..."
I believe that Frost really did receive inspiration from a diverging path
that he happened to walk through one day. Inspiration can come to us in
any form and at any time. I, for one, am a Cross Country runner so I'm
always faced with diverging roads. I hold within my heart the knowledge
that whatever road I take, it will either lead me to the same destination
as any other road, or I can always retrace my steps. I've never read
anything on how Frost was inspired to write "The Road...", but like I said,
inspiration comes to us in any form. I don't know if you were looking for
a textbook answer or not, but I hope that you, and those who read this
message, will have obtained some answers for questions concerned with
writing poetry from my response. I myself am not the best poet, and I
don't have all of the answers. But I myself am also human--this, I
believe, can be perceived as poetry.

TjB from United States
Comment 242 of 1135, added on October 15th, 2005 at 8:41 PM.

This is my all time favorite poem, it is beautifully written.

Luz from United States
Comment 241 of 1135, added on October 15th, 2005 at 5:20 PM.

Personaly I thought Jonh Mark 3's interpretation was excellent and I
applaud him. It was truly inspiring and I think it it is even better then
Robert Frosts poem. I know some people might not understand the elegance of
the poem but to me it was just so wonderful. Mark I want you to keep witing
poetry I know 1 day you will be a famous poetry writer even if some foolish
people on this website don't understand it. They are all just jealous of
your sofisticated poem. Those that do not get the poem should not get angry
at pure talent. I am a wonderful writer and have always wanted to publish a
poem book. If you would like to hear 1 from it you may ask me. Now I think
Moe is just a person who doesn't understad good poetry. Moe you should just
be quiet and let Jonh Mark 3 do his poetry since it is obvious you dont
have any skill in writing poetry. I think Robert Frost would be happpy with
John's poem so you should just keep your trap shut. Good day

Elga Shinkle from Australia
Comment 240 of 1135, added on October 15th, 2005 at 4:53 PM.

Tiff, it probably does seem confusing that I compliment J. Mark's poem,
then turn around and make it appear that I perceive him as a ninny. I am
critical of other people in the sense that I will compliment them then
criticize them. I, too, took offense at J. Mark's words, but I also
understand that he is free to state his opinions. It was probably out of
ignorance of the term "mere" that I did not comprehend the meaning that was
being used. However, one cannot expect someone else to understand
everything he/she understands. That in itself is ignorance. Moe, I
sympathize with you since you're being bludgeoned by others for simply
stating your opinions. Loud, obnoxious Americans like us see it as the
"American Way"--that's a little bit of sarcasm for you folks. I was being
serious when I said that I liked J. Mark's poem. J. Mark, you have talent
and if you haven't published anything yet, you should (especially the poem
you wrote in your comment since there's always a chance that someone could
plagarize you). Please do not think that I seem obnoxious and/or totally
bias myself (all people are bias; it's just a fact of life), I am also
simply stating my opinions. If I have ever offended anyone on the web,
then please forgive me and understand I was simply exercising my rights.
But remember this everyone, you should have some expectation that other
people will not always understand what you're saying. Be sensitive to this
fact, for your words can hurt others without intention.


TjB from United States
Comment 239 of 1135, added on October 15th, 2005 at 1:47 PM.

I'm not really taking sides here, but, TjB, you said these two things that
confuese me: "First of all, J. Mark, I find your interpretation to be
satisfyingly truthful and informative...Perhaps J. Mark believes that the
meaning is beyond the majority of us."

I don't understand why you like his interpretation but then you act
like he is acting fancy or something.

I think John Mark souns pretty smart if you ask me.

P.S. this is the best poem ever. I really like what it's message is.
I'd like to know if anyone knows how Frost thought of it or what inspired
him to write it.

Tiff from United States
Comment 238 of 1135, added on October 15th, 2005 at 11:47 AM.

Moe, if you had any tolerance of other cultures, you would've known that
"Josna" is a woman's name. I am not a "he" as you so delicately put it. The
coffee I am talking about is from van Gogh's painting "The Potato Eaters."
You obviously have never seen it. It is a painting of a poor family
drinking several cups of coffee. It was van Gogh's idea that most Americans
(the people in the painting) drank many cups of coffee each day for dinner.
A man named Mere criticized the family because most Americans don't drink
more than one cup of coffee each day if any. The term "mere" was coined as
a term for Americans woh don't like coffee very much. Thus the term "mere
American." I belive you thought that he was saying "mere" as in "puny,
unimportant, stupid."

John Mark, once again, I applaud your poem. It was a very good
interpretation of The Road Not Taken. Joodie I hope you comment on this
poem more. I am astounded by your fountain of knowledge. Bulgarians
certainly are very intelligent, even if Moe does hate them. Hopefull no
more mere Americans will critisixe John Mark's work of art.

Josna from India
Comment 237 of 1135, added on October 14th, 2005 at 1:26 PM.

First of all, J. Mark, I find your interpretation to be satisfyingly
truthful and informative of "The Road..."; Moe, don't get upset, you and I
as Americans are little different from people in other countries. Perhaps
J. Mark believes that the meaning is beyond the majority of us. I don't
think that he was malicious went he wrote it.
"The Road..." is a very thoughtful poem about the choices we make
throughout our lives--whether they were good or bad, we may never know. I
hold this poem close to me because I am at the stage in my life where the
slightest decisions can effect my future as a college student and
beyond--my life afterwards depends upon the outcomes of these decisions.
Years from now, I will look back upon my life and will try to evaluate my
decisions--whether I made good choices or not. However, we cannot dwell on
our past decisions. Like in the narrative "Youth", by Conrad, most of the
decisions we make when we're young help to shape our character and it
doesn't really matter whether they were good or not--they were, in a way,
good at the moment. So when you, too, look back on your life, remember
this: the road you have taken "has made all the difference."

TjB from United States
Comment 236 of 1135, added on October 14th, 2005 at 11:41 AM.

I believe the road not taken is simply about taking a road different from
others and learning to go your own way and learning from your mistakes and
living with them.

Jay 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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