Robert Frost's Poem The Road Not Taken

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Robert Frost’s Poem "The Road Not Taken" And How It Furthers The Modernist Agenda
Robert Frost has written numerous unforgettable pieces of poetry. Each one of his poems possesses a deep story, but more importantly, each poem evokes memories from the reader. In Frost’s widely acclaimed poem, “The Road Less Traveled,” the narrator emotionally states that “two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the road less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” (lines 18-20). Readers are then led to ponder their own past as they read the poem. In poems written by Frost, settings, situations, and characters make up the subject matter that function as vehicles for Frost’s perceptions about the many topics and themes that Frost addresses in his
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Modernism is a concept that aims to break the mold of traditional forms of society, and the modernist movement seeks to modify traditional beliefs in accordance with modernistic ideas. In a critical analysis of Robert Frost 's poetry, Varshika Srivastava writes that "the poem ‘Mending Wall’ . . . fulfills the creed of the modernists" (Srivastava). This essay makes visible how Robert Frost 's poems, including "The Road Less Traveled" and "Mending Wall," use emotional and mental persuasion to affect the decisions and ideology of his readers; particularly in regards to the modernist …show more content…
Written in 2013, this scholarly review of a commentary written about Frost 's poetry emphasizes the importance of Frost 's skilled writing methods. Vidyan Ravinthiran urges readers to carefully examine Frost 's poems because many contain hidden themes and word patterns. Ravinthiran states that Frost "is famous for his beautifully repeated emphasis" (2). He questions if close readings of poetry help us understand, or if they simply help us stay close to the poetry itself. Ravinthiran also mentions the "disconnection between the value of individual poems, and their amenability to critical discussion" (4). He suggests the distinction to be made between knowledge and intimacy in poetry. In regards to Frost, Ravinthiran states "to judge by the cover of this book, it seems not"

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