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Frost’s Early Poems

Robert Frost

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How to Cite This SparkNote

Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Views: Robert Frost. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986.

Brodsky, Joseph, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott. Homage to Robert Frost. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996.

DeFusco, Andrea. Readings on Robert Frost. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1999.

Frost, Robert. The Poetry of Robert Frost. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.

Frost, Robert. Selected Letters of Robert Frost. Ed. Lawrance Thompson. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964.

Jarrell, Randall. Poetry & the Age. New York: The Ecco Press, 1980.

Oster, Judith. Toward Robert Frost: The Reader and the Poet. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Parini, Jay. Robert Frost: A Life. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1999.

Thompson, Lawrance. Robert Frost: The Early Years, 1874-1915. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966.

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my interpretation

by mistyplayitplease, September 11, 2012

He is dying--right here right now falling down dead and is wondering if it will be a bad thing like the ice falling and breaking or the apples falling and going to the cider heap. He spent a lifetime picking apples and now is his natural moment of death. This is my interpretation of the poem and what frost is conveying in this poem.

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Re: you statement: "Neither of the roads is less traveled by."

by emma_on, October 25, 2012

Re: you statement: Neither of the roads is less traveled by.

Take a look at the second stanza:

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Meaning the other was not grassy, and more worn. I.e. more travelled by.

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My Interpretation

by Rose_1989_, February 15, 2013

I believe Frost is speaking to the unique path we all travel in life. Every day we are faced with decisions. We weigh our options and try to predict what the outcome of a decision might be. Unfortunately we cannot predict the future...We look down one path as far as we can "to where it bends in the undergrowth" or as far as we can predict however there will always be variables preventing us from seeing too far into the future. Frost says he chooses the path least traveled by, but realistically the path we are all on is this very road he spe... Read more

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