Historical Context in The Road Not Taken

“The Road Not Taken” first appeared in 1916 as the opening poem of Robert Frost’s third collection, Mountain Interval. His previous collection, North of Boston, had established Frost as a major American poet. Much of Frost’s popularity arose from his particular ability to depict timeless scenes of rural America while imbuing them with reflections on modern life.

Historical Context Examples in The Road Not Taken:

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"I could not travel both..."   (The Road Not Taken)

"The Road Not Taken" first appeared in 1916 in Robert Frost's third collection of poetry, Mountain Interval. The release of his previous collection, North of Boston, in 1915 had secured Frost's status as an important voice in modern American poetry. "The Road Not Taken" is the opening poem in Mountain Interval, which may partially explain the poem's tremendous popularity and stature.