|David Orr (contributed photo)|
Further, "the popular assumption is that Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” celebrates the victorious self-assertion of an individual choosing to live outside conformity. However, Orr lucidly argues that the poem’s own lines more persuasively suggest that it’s actually a dramatization of the extent to which we mislead ourselves about the control we exercise over our own lives," the release said.
"The poem reveals a person who chooses between identical roads and yet later romanticizes the decision as life altering; and holds two seemingly contradictory meanings in tension, giving us a portrait of choice without making a decision itself. It is a picture of personal choice and the human self that is distinctly American in its exultation of individualism and exceptionalism."