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Breaking The Ice Of Robert Frost

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Brianna YatesEnglish 11509/30/2014 Robert FrostRobert Lee Frost, a brilliant writer, born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco was the most recognized name of any American poet. He was highly appreciated and admired for his astonishing work around the rural life settings in New England, during the 20th century. Robert Frost used his own work to analyze the complications of social and philosophical themes. During his lifetime, he was honored with several prizes which included four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.It began in 1897, where then Frost attended Harvard University, but had to drop out after two years due to health concerns. Despite his challenges, it was during this time that Frost became ...view middle of the document...

This poem is iambic which means that four lines of each stanza, the first, second, and fourth lines rhyme. The third line does not, but it sets up the rhymes for the next stanza. This poem right here just shows how Robert Frost loved the nature and the outdoors.The last three lines of the poem, "The Road Not Taken,"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. (Frost)are probably the most quoted in the American vocabulary list. We all have interpreted these lines and this poem to mean different things, but a more careful reading of Robert Frost's exact words are needed to truly understand this poem. If you read the second stanza of the poem, neither of the roads is less traveled by. In fact, each road he comes upon in the fork of the road are traveled the same. The dilemma here is to be taken literally and figuratively. We and everyone we know has encountered a hard time in life; a fork in the road and must decide which one to take. The fork in the road is a symbol for the contradiction of free will and fate. We are free to choose which road to take, but we don't know exactly which one to choose between, as we can't see beyond where it's going to take us. Our route in life, therefore, is choice and chance. This Frost poem has always been so realistic for me. It is the moment of decision that truly matters. We like to think in the future, after our decision, "we have taken the road less traveled", (frost) but have we really? None of us have lived the perfect life...

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