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  • Published: 23 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143107392
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $27.99
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The Road Not Taken and Other Poems

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)



One hundred years after its publication, Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" remains among our best-loved poems, and its author perhaps our most widely-read poet. The poem's premise, drawn from Frost's walks and conversations with the poet Edward Thomas, is deceptively simple: a man at a fork in the road, either physical or metaphorical, chooses the less travelled route. Yet its narrative is infused with all that makes Frost one of the great American poets. A poet of duality, the placid, pastoral surfaces of his lyrics belie their subtle innovation and thoughtful explorations of nature--both the verdant one around us and our own. "The Road Not Taken" embodies Frost's great narrative: it is a story about the stories we tell about ourselves--stories full of doubt and possibility that end up creating our lives. In the end, we never know which road is superior because there are no simple conclusions in Frost's poems, but it is their very resistance to resolution that keeps them so enchanting and challenging after a century of reading.

The Road Not Taken and Other Poems presents Frost's greatest early work, selected by award-winning poet David Orr. Collecting work from Frost's first three books--A Boy's Will, North of Boston, and Mountain Interval--this volume includes beloved poems like "After-Apple Picking," "The Oven Bird," and "Mending Wall," all written in Frost's early years of brilliant, isolated artistic creation. David Orr's introduction discusses why Frost remains so central (if often misunderstood) in American culture and how the beautiful intricacy of his poetry keeps inviting in generation after generation to search for meaning in his work.

Frost’s early poems, selected by poet David Orr for the centennial of “The Road Not Taken”

A Penguin Classics Deluxe edition

For one hundred years, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” has enchanted and challenged readers with its deceptively simple premise—a person reaches a fork in the road, facing a choice full of doubt and possibility. The Road Not Taken and Other Poems presents Frost’s best-loved poem along with other works from his brilliant early years, including such poems as “After Apple-Picking,” “The Oven Bird,” and “Mending Wall.” Award-winning poet and critic David Orr’s introduction discusses why Frost remains so central (if often misunderstood) in American culture and how the beautiful intricacy of his poetry keeps inviting generation after generation to search for meaning in his work.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Published: 23 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143107392
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

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About the author

Robert Frost

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. After the death of his father he moved with his mother and sister to Massachusetts. His first collection, A Boy's Will, was published in 1913. In 1924 he won the first of four Pulitzer Prizes for his fourth book, New Hampshire. In the 1930s, as he became ever more revered, he suffered a series of family tragedies: his youngest child Marjorie died in 1934, his wife Elinor in 1938, and his son Carol in 1940. Another daughter, Irma, suffered from mental illness. Frost's last major collection, A Witness Tree (1942), contains a number of poems reflecting these disasters. In 1957 Robert Frost received honorary degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He died in January 1963.

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