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Robert Frost perhaps the greatest American poet of the twentieth century has brought himself great recognition Many critics have tried to find a faulty side to his writing but they have had a difficult time because his writing romanticizes the rural simplicity that he loved while probing into the mysteries of the universe Estep 2 Three areas of criticism covered are a speakers decision in choosing a poem broken down into three sections and Frosts use of metaphors and style in his writing Born in San Francisco but raised in New England many of Robert Frosts poems are representations of his experiences in the northeastern parts of America He was unsuccessful in college never earning his degree and for several years he supported his family by tending to a farm his grandfather bought for him In his spare time Frost would read and write anything and everything Discouraged by his unsuccessful life as a poet he packed up his bags and moved to England He continued writing and published his first two books of poetry which would gain him the recognition in America he had been in search of ExpLit 1One of Frosts most famous poems is The Road Not Taken This poem is about someone who comes to a fork in a path One path is well beaten and treaded while the other is less traveled and more difficult Is the traveler happy with the decision he has made to take the road less traveled Many critics think he may have had second thoughtsMagills Survey of American Literature states that there are many contradictions throughout the poem He seems to contradict his own judgment The poet appears to imply that the decision is based on evidence that is or comes close to being an allusion Magill 64The tone of the stanza and the title of the poem suggest that the traveler may be regretting his choice because by making a choice to do one
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