The Road Not Taken
These are a few quotes by Robert Frost himself:
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"On one occasion he [RF] told of receiving a letter from
a grammar-school girl who asked a good question of him: 'Why the sigh?'
That letter and that question, he said, had prompted an answer.
Amherst Mass April 1925
"Dear Miss Yates:
No wonder you were a little puzzled over the end of my Road Not Taken. It
was my rather private jest at the expense of those who might think I would
yet live to be sorry for the way I had taken in life. I suppose I was gently
teasing them. I'm not really a very regretful person, but for your solicitousness
on my behalf I'm
your friend always
[Finger, L. L.: "Frost's 'The Road Not Taken': a 1925 Letter come to
Light", American Literature v.50]
"(a) One stanza of 'The Road Not Taken' was written while
I was sitting on a sofa in the middle of England: Was found three or four
years later, and I couldn't bear not to finish it. I wasn't thinking about
myself there, but about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who,
whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other. He was hard
on himself that way. (RF, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 23 Aug. 1953;
"(c) Frost said that he wrote the poem, 'The Road Not Taken' for his
friend [Edward Thomas] and sent it to him in France, getting the reply,
'What are you trying to do with me?' (L. Mertins: Robert Frost)"
[Thompson, Lawrance: Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, Notes.]
"Although it had been these walks with Thomas which inspired
'The Road Not Taken,' the image of the two roads occupied Frost's mind earlier
when he wrote to Susan Hayes Ward on February 10, 1912:
'Two lonely cross-roads that themselves cross each other I have walked several
times this winter without meeting or overtaking so much as a single person
on foot or on runners. The practically unbroken condition of both for several
days after a snow or a blow proves that neither is much travelled.'
That the above image was a catalyst for this poem is partially confirmed
by his once dating the poem '1912? 1914'."
[Cramer, Jeffery: Robert Frost Among His Poems]
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