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The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong

By David Orr

The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong

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Started reading:
14 November 2015
Finished reading:
23 November 2015

Review

America’s most-often quoted poem, it turns out, may be America’s least-understood poem. And that lack of understanding can be detected right there in the title: the poet tells us that he took the road “less traveled by,” but the title refers specifically to the other road, the one that was not taken. David Orr set about to reconcile this discontinuity, but found it got deeper and deeper the farther he dug into the poem. It’s a fascinating exegesis, one which bounces back among Truth, Justice and the American Way, and Robert Frost’s public image, simultaneously the American poet and History’s Greatest Monster. For such a short poem, it packs a wallop. Several wallops, in fact.