The Road Not Taken

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by David Orr
Creativity/Literary Criticism
Penguin Press
Hardcover, 192 pages
$25.95

Who knew? Who knew that the twenty lines of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken are the most “popular” bit of writing in all of American literature? Who knew that they would warrant one-hundred and seventy-two pages of cultural investigation and artistic exploration? Most of all, who knew that most of us over the years seem to have got this poem hopelessly wrong? Orr is the poetry columnist for The New York Times and editor of the new Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Frost’s poems that commemorates the centennial of The Road Not Taken’s publication. He knows of which he speaks and he writes it in a compelling and accessible prose. This is a fun and interesting book.