May 7th, 2013
An Insight into My Life through the Words of Robert Frost
Charles Simic, a Serbian-American poet, once said that, “Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.” In saying this, Simic infers that the memories behind every line in a poem that a reader reads are in no comparison to actually living through them. Poetry always portrays experiences, themes, or even nightmares that have a much more powerful meaning than the words themselves. Poems by Robert Frost, the man who supposedly reinvented poetry, are filled with his own personal experiences. Growing up, Frost took quite a while to figure out what his true calling was as he attended multiple universities, and battled the death of many of his loved ones. As he lived a rough life, many of his writings are very easily related to by many of his readers. As a teenager in high school, I find the poems “The Road Not Taken” concerning decision making, “God’s Garden” depicting faithfulness, and “The Armful” regarding overwhelming problems by Robert Frost easily relatable to my past, present and future.
Decision making is a crucial part of growing up and Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” reflects the type of person I want to be. All decisions in life have two main choices: the easy way out or the hard way out. Within the first two lines of the poem, “Two roads diverge in a yellow wood/ And sorry I could not travel both,” (1-2) Frost explains that he makes his own life based on the decisions that he makes. By comparing the two roads diverging to the choices one must make, Frost gives the reader an understanding of what he might be going through. There is virtually no way of going back. At the beginning of 2009, I came across the decision of quitting basketball. I was to give it up all together and play another sport, or continue playing despite being cut from the provincial team. With such a heavy burden on my...