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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Amanda Spadafora

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Current Events 1916
Strict rhymes
4 stressed syllables per line
Perfect end rhymes
Boston Red Sox win world series
The Professional Golf Association was formed
First football game in the Rose Bowl (Washington State vs Brown)
Moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts at age 12
Met his wife while attending Lawrence High School
First poem "My Butterfly: An Elegy," was published in The Independent.
Used success to purpose to his wife, who declined the first time.
Attended Dartmouth University for several months.
Later attended Harvard University for 2 years.
Moved to a small farm in New Hampshire for 12 years.
Had six children 2 of them died and 2 suffered from mental illnesses.
Moved to England for a better chance to get his poetry published.
Published "A Boy's Will" and "North of Boston"
Poems reviewed by Ezra Pound and Edward Thomas
Thomas inspired "The Road Not Taken"
Received over 40 honorary degrees during life
Won 4 Pulitzer Prizes
JFK appointed him official Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 1961
Robert Frost
Born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874
In addition to San Francisco, also lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Hampshire, and England.
Died on January 29,1963
Alliteration Assonance
"yellow wood"
fall setting, leaves changing colors
"grassy and wanted wear"
and a path with fresh fallen leaves and grass-not walked on
"no step had trodden black"
because the leaves arent walked on they aren't dead and "black"

Current Events 1916
President: Woodrow Wilson re-elected
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall
Louis Brandeis 1st Jewish Supreme Court Justice
Workmans Composition Act passed by Congress

Current Events 1916
Toggle light switch
Tow truck
Middle of WWI
Olympic games cancelled due to war.
Albert Einstein completes formula for general theory of relativity, including gravity.
Greatest temperture change over 24 hours (44 degrees to -56 degrees)
Women allowed to attend boxing matches
Other poetic devices
Current Events 1916
Other facts
Double Entendre:
"Fair" could mean beautiful or tolerable.
the grass "wanted wear"
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