June 04, 2008

Poetic Justice

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Remember those bratty vandals that destroyed Robert Frost’s former home? As part of their punishment, they must study Frost’s poetry.

Frost biographer and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini is teaching the vandals about roads taken and not taken. In discussing the classic poem that begins, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” Parini told his captive audience, “Believe me, if you’re a teenager, you’re always in the damned woods. Literally, you’re in the woods—probably too much you’re in the woods. And metaphorically you’re in the woods, in your life. Look at you here, in court diversion! If that isn’t ‘in the woods,’ what the hell is ‘in the woods’? You’re in the woods!”

(Via CNN and Shelf Awareness)