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The Road Not Taken and Other Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – April 19, 1993
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-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
About the Author
A prolific poet, novelist, and critic, JAY PARINI's recent books include the widely-reviewed Robert Frost: A Life and House of Days: Poems.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
This review is being posted on the site for "The Road Not Taken and Other Poems [Illustrated]", which was published in 2012 by Seedbox Classics. It has a photo on the cover of a snowy track through a birch forest. It is a Kindle book. I downloaded it in 2013 as a Kindle freebie, but as of the time of the posting of this review it is available for $.99.
This site has an "Editorial Review" which is a table of poems from something called "Poem Finder". This is not a complete or correct table. Except for "The Vanishing Red", "Snow", "The Road Not Taken", "Birches" and maybe a few others the listed poems are not in the Seedbox Classics edition listed here. Use the "Look Inside" feature to see the correct table of contents. You'll see that this version does include "Mending Wall", "After Apple-picking", and perhaps other poems that you want. (Parenthetically, (note the actual parentheses), I prefer the actual content of the book to the content listed by Poem Finder, but you might not.)
This book read well on my Kindle Touch. It was for the most part properly formatted and presented. Such typographic oddities as presented themselves did not effect readability. The "illustrations" are just a few thumbnail photos at the end. There is an active Table of Contents and an active Index, which are both bonuses.
So, this is a fine selection, it works well as a Kindle book, it offers great value, and it was a happy purchase. Just be careful about what it is you're buying in order to avoid disappointment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite poets of all time. I can't believe I got this for less than $3 as it has some of his best work in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Hughes
I buy frost poems as gifts for friends, and it is always received with surprise, but once they read the poems, they love it. this book is okay, but missing some of the best works.Published 3 months ago by kootie