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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 264 of 1194, 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 1194, 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 1194, 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

TjB from United States
Comment 261 of 1194, added on October 17th, 2005 at 8:12 PM.

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

Jenny from Armenia
Comment 260 of 1194, 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 1194, 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 1194, 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
Comment 257 of 1194, 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 1194, 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 1194, 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

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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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