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History[ edit ] Frost spent the years to in England, where among his acquaintances was the writer Edward Thomas. Thomas and Frost became close friends and took many walks together.
Thomas took the poem seriously and personally, and it may have been significant in Thomas' decision to enlist in World War I.
Thomas was killed two years later in the Battle of Arras. It reads naturally or conversationally, and begins as a kind of photographic depiction of a quiet moment in woods.
It consists of four stanzas of 5 lines each. The meter is basically iambic tetrameterwith each line having four two-syllable feet. Though in almost every line, in different positions, an iamb is replaced with an anapest. The variation of the rhythm gives naturalness, a feeling of thought occurring spontaneously, and it also affects the reader's sense of expectation.
Some have said that it is one of his most misunderstood poems, claiming that it is not simply a poem that champions the idea of "following your own path", but that the poem, they suggest, expresses some irony regarding that idea.
In Frost's words, Thomas was "a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn't go the other".INTRODUCTION. In , when the author of the essays here assembled was elected professor of political and social science in Yale College, he was, to use his own words, “a young and untried man.” He was selected for his position, not as a specialist, but because he was what he was.
Someone in those days must have been an excellent judge of men.
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