The #1 Fact Everyone Should Know About Taking The Road Less Traveled

[I have a guest post up at B. A. Wilson Writes today. Becky Wilson provides thoughtful commentary on writing, words and life, and I am pleased to join her with this post. Here’s a bit of the beginning, then click through to read the rest.]

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The road less traveled wasn’t. Wasn’t less traveled, that is.

Everyone has heard a motivational speaker, a high school valedictorian, a preacher somewhere, who has used Robert Frost’s poem’s last lines as encouragement to be bold enough to take the road less traveled as that will make all the difference in the world in your life.

That’s not what the poem says, though.

Frost was much more cynical than that. …

[The rest of the piece is over at B. A. Wilson Writes. After reading this, check out Becky’s other pieces.]

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4 Responses to The #1 Fact Everyone Should Know About Taking The Road Less Traveled

  1. Hmmm. Talk about sacred cows! Those lines have always bothered me too (about the same, etc) but I prefer to ignore them and stick to the more common interpretation. I think Frost would approve. 🙂

  2. Jeannie says:

    Hi Tim – this is very interesting. I think Frost might be a bit horrified at how some of his poems have become sentimentalized, like this one. (When chunks of your poetry get put on plaques that’s kinda the kiss of death, isn’t it?!) We really do have to look at the poem as a whole and not just the lines we find appealing — kind of like your recent post about reading Scripture in context. It’s so easy to let our egos tell us that a particular decision was “meant to be” and almost elevate it to idol status, especially in retrospect.

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