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  • Some time ago, I helped my pupil with her first homework in English literature. It was a study of Robert Frost's famous poem, "The Road Not Taken". The homework consisted in answering questions about the text, which was supposed to lead us to understand it better. So first, here's the poem:

     

    The Road Not Taken

    by Robert Frost, 1916

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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