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Running head: A DEEPER LOOK AT “THE Road Not Taken 1A Deeper Look at “The Road Not Taken”Jennie NelsonLiberty UniversityENGL 102-D13Professor Mary DixonApril 25, 2016
A DEEPER LOOK AT “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN”A Deeper Look at “The Road Not Taken”Robert Frost was one of the most popular, well-known poets from the 20thCentury. Frost provides a very interesting illustration of popular poetry in America. Thereare certain discrepancies between the way in which the audience perceives and the way, in fact, his poetry actually reads and should be understood. Most of his audience saw him as a very recognizable, very reasonable personality with whom they could identify and empathize. He wrote in a language that was apparently straightforward and simple, whichmakes the audience feel more comfortable. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times, which is amazing. Most people do not realize the dark duplicity found within the poetry of Robert Frost and, upon a deeper look at “The Road Not Taken,” one could see the evidence of this. Lionel Triling was the first to introduce the notion that Frost’s poetry was not as affirmative or cheerful as most of his audience originally assumed. He spoke of Frost as aterrifying poet as if his poetry were actually dark parables of the human condition. Frost also never disputed Trilling’s comments. Certain aspects of Frost’s personal life showed that it was actually contradictory of his gentle grandfatherly personality he held with most people. The private life of Frost is a great variance with his public image. This doubleness can become apparent by looking at one of the most popular poems that he hasever written: “The Road Not Taken. The popularity of this poem, “The Road Not Taken,” which was written in 1916, mirrors the kind of popularity Frost had throughout his life. A close reading should reveal2
A DEEPER LOOK AT “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN”the discrepancies found within his life. The appeal of this poem, across the broad American public, resides in the way in which people have seen this extraordinarily simplepoem as a parable for basic decisions one has to make in life. It seems like a fundamental

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