Robert Frost Quotes for English Lit

Some short quotes which might be useful to remember for the OCR exam.

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This demonstrates Frost's ironic treatment of the narrator. In the
first three stanzas of the poem, the narrator states that the two
paths are fundamentally identical in every way. He chose one path
and contemplated returning one day to try the other path, but did
not agonize over the decision. In the fourth stanza, however, he
changes the truth of what happened and describes his path as the
one "less traveled by." This shift in the truth allows the man to
justify his life choices and explain why his life turned out the way
that it did. The "I" shows a sign of interruption and hesitating, he
is thinking of what or how he should say what he is about to.

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Good fences make good neighbours."
The neighbour repeats the adage three times over the course of
the poem and, though the narrator is initially sceptical of his
neighbour's appreciation of an oldfashioned tradition, he
eventually begins to agree with the adage as well. This line
highlights the importance of property and individuality in the
United States.…read more

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But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
The narrator wishes to continue watching the snow fall in the
woods, but he is not able to ignore his responsibilities. The
repeated "And miles to go before I sleep" can be read as a forced
reminder that the narrator has obligations to fulfill, almost as if he
would not be able to force himself to leave the woods without
repeating the mantra.…read more

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One could do worse than be a swinger of
Serves as a thoughtful reiteration of the narrator's ideas about
swinging on birches. The act of swinging on a birch conveys a
certain childlike innocence, but also allows the swinger to escape
the cold rationality of the earth for a short time and reach into the
heavens.…read more

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Little-less-nothing! and that ended it.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.
With the boy's death, the narrator suddenly becomes
concise and straightforward in his writing style, simply
acknowledging that he has nothing else to say on the topic:
"No more to build on there.…read more

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A very thorough analysis of five key quotes in the poem; the comments are detailed and in depth and the comments made could be used as a starting point for beginning to link quotes in the poem.

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