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Analysis and comments on The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Comment 262 of 1192, 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 1192, added on October 17th, 2005 at 8:12 PM.

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

Jenny from Armenia
Comment 260 of 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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 1192, 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

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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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