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The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)


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  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Rep Una edition (April 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486275507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486275505
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Birches
Bond And Free
The Bonfire
Brown's Descent, Or, The Willy-nilly Slide
Christmas Trees
The Cow In Apple Time
An Encounter
The Exposed Nest
A Girl's Garden
The Gum Gatherer
The Hill Wife: House Fear
The Hill Wife: Loneliness
The Hill Wife: The Impulse
The Hill Wife: The Oft-repeated Dream
The Hill Wife: The Smile
Hyla Brook
In The Home Stretch
The Line-gang
Meeting And Passing
An Old Man's Winter Night
'out, Out -'
The Oven Bird
A Patch Of Old Snow
Pea Brush
Range-finding
The Road Not Taken
Snow
The Sound Of The Trees
The Telephone
A Time To Talk
The Vanishing Red
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Customer Reviews

If you only read him in high school try reading him as an adult.
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"Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back."
S. Miska
Still, Robert Frost is truly one of the great ones of American poetry.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
These early poems of Frost ( 1916) already display his characteristically clear and cold lines, his fine delineations of Nature, his moral meanings. "Two roads diverged in a wood- and I / I took the one less traveled by/ and that has made all the difference.

Frost was a tremendously ambitious and hardworking poet, who some biographers have accused of sacrificing life and family to art. His poetry has a stark beauty about it, the beauty of the birches he devotes a major poem to.

This collection lacks many of his major poems , but nonetheless gives the feeling and flavor truly of a major American poet.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David E. Levine on October 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This collection of Robert Frost poems is a clear 5 star for the low price. Dover consistently provides great literature at an extremely low price. Despite the great bargain, you may want to spend more and purchase a book of Frost's complete poerty. Although this book has a nice selection, some of his greatest poems are missing from this collection, notably "Mending Wall" and "Fire and Ice." Still, if you just want a few selected poems to carry you back to another era into a New England woods on a snowy evening you can't go wrong here.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By S. Miska on August 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Frost, like no other poet, captures a moment that we all have experienced at one time in life. He paints a picture with such vivid strokes of literary imagery that the mind brings the reader back to a moment in time, almost feeling the sensations of past experiences.
For example, I recently made a decision where I was torn between family and career interests. To ease the anxiety of a lost professional opportunity, I reasoned that the chance would present itself again someday, maybe. Thinking of Frost I realized that he captured that very self-rationalization in the Road Not Taken. "Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back."
As others have pointed out already, the largest drawback of the book is lack of thickness. Even though one of my all-time favorites, "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening," is not present, others like "An Old Man's Winter Night" make up for it. If you need a small book to stick in a backpack while hiking for moments of inspiration while on the trail, you could do worse than to carry along a little bit of Frost.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
My favorite is the title poem, "The Road Not Taken." I enjoyed this book and any poetry lover will as well. The reader will meditate and reflect on life as Frost did.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book to all those who have wondered at the world in all it's forgotten glory and revelled in the faintest scent of flower and form that God has thrown into our hurried paths, who have stumbled through the woods deliriously yet, meditatively and choked on the overwhelming delicateness of silence that leads voices to whisper and tense jaws to slacken. Here in this volume of poetry you will find a companion whose reverence for life reverberates through verse after verse. This collection exemplifies Mr. Frost's idea that a poem should not be planned but should begin as "a lump in the throat."
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Chris Salzer on December 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to reading 'Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening', but came away disappointed. Of course, 'The Road Not Taken' is worth the price of admission regardless. It is chock-full - as chock-full as 53 pages can possibly be - of other Frost goodies.
Overall, a good book for the price and a great addition to your order, but for serious Frost devotees I would suggest a more comprehensive collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary Sprandel on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
These poems seem firmly rooted in New England and seem to be timeless, though decidedly pre-modern feel to them (this was originally published in 1916). Some of these poems may seem familiar ... "The road not taken" is popular at high school graduations. There are poems of nature such as The Oven Bird ("There is a singer everyone has heard,/ Load, a mid-summer and mid-wood bird,") or "Birches ("and they seem not to break; though once they are bowed/ for low for long, they never right themselves") but with wider significance. There are also poems of rural isolation such as "The Hill Wife" and "Snow". His poetry plays by literary and poetic rules, and may not be simple to read, but he does not oversimplify life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Warner-Dubin on April 26, 2013
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You know poetry is good when it doesn't constantly bring to your attention that you are reading poetry. Frost is just the best.
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