About Robert Frost

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I did a project where I wrote an analysis of the poem The Road Not Taken. Check it out!

In the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, the speaker talks about how he will be telling the story with a “sigh.” The sigh could mean many different things. The speaker is talking about how in the distant future, most likely years later on he will be looking back at his decision and wonder what if he had taken a different road. The different road could imply whether he had chosen a different person to marry, perhaps a different career, or perhaps even if he had taken advantage of an opportunity.

Of course, this is a poem and it is a work of art and it can be interpreted in many different ways and it is in the eye of the reader. As the audience, we must not necessarily believe one way or the other, but analyze it to be what if it was a happy choice or a sad choice because it could be either. When he reminisces about the time he chose the path it is in the far distant future so we cannot ever fully know what the sigh is exactly.

One way it could be interpreted is the sigh is more about the fact that he chose a path that was more difficult, but in the end more rewarding. The path he may have chosen may have been the one that was less traveled and so it might mean that the path was lonely and he had to overcome obstacles on his own, but he conquered those hindrances and was successful at achieving his goal. The sigh is also somewhat nostalgic and harkens emotions when he is recalling a time in his life so it was more of an important choice that he looks back on.

It might have been a happy sigh because he may have chosen a path that may have represented having chosen the correct spouse. We do not know this for sure, but a sigh can be a happy sigh as well. The fact that he chose one over the other made all of the difference and often times we do say we chose something and it made a difference and sometimes by saying it made a difference we mean a positive difference. The sigh may also have been a sad sigh. Perhaps he chose a different career path that entailed more hard work. In this instance, the sigh could mean a sad sigh and a heavy sigh that was filled with challenges and it was a tiring decision.

The Road Not Taken is a very beautiful poem and it can be seen in many different lights, but we must look at it as how can this be interpreted and analyze each interpretation. Some poems are more interesting because of its unknowns and can be read in many different ways. The sigh shall be a mystery, but whether it was a happy or a sad sigh, one thing is for sure, it was a sigh that made the poem more beautiful and gave it a depth of meaning.

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The I Love You Sam Meant

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During senior year in college, Alexandra was at Club Tilt in Miami with her friends. She loved house music and her favorite DJ, DJ Elon Matana was spinning that night so she had to go. She convinced her friends so now here she was dancing to house music in this fabulous club. As she was dancing she noticed that the shoelaces of the guy near her were untied so she tapped him on the back and said, “Your shoelaces are untied.” He said, “Thanks.” He started dancing again and then turned back to her and this time he leaned in close to her and asked her, “Are you Filipina?” She said, “Yes, how did you know?” He said, “My dad has a clothing business in Manila. He’s been living there for a few years. My stepmother is Filipina.”

Curious and wanting to learn more Alexandra asked him, “What’s your name?” “Sam and what’s your name?” he said. She said, “Alexandra. Where are you from?” He said, “India.” “Cool,” said Alexandra. Then he asked her, “Do you want a drink?” She said, “Sure, but I don’t drink alcohol. You can buy me a bottle of water if you want.” So Sam did and then he asked Alexandra to go sit with him on the couches at the back of the club. They got to know each other and really hit it off.

Alexandra learned that Sam spent a few years in Manila during high school when he lived with his dad. Sam helped run the clothing store his dad owned and had a great time in Manila. She asked him why he was in Miami and he replied that he was in Miami for work. He was working as a consultant for a firm called MJTM Corp in India and currently, MJTM was doing a project with Club Space in Miami for the next few months. Alexandra and Sam exchanged numbers and the next day he called her. He asked her to go out to dinner with him at Chipri’s in Palm Beach. She said, “Sure. I’d love to.”

After dinner, he asked her if she wanted to go to his apartment to watch a movie on Netflix. She said, “ Yes, of course.” So off they went and once they were situated on the couch Sam asked her to pick a movie. Alexandra picked Outsourced. They watched the movie and ate popcorn. After the movie, she went home.

The next day, Alexandra called Sam and asked him if he wanted to come over for dinner. She said she was cooking spinach lasagna and perhaps he would like to come and have a taste of the lasagna and drink some Beringer wine. “Yeah I’d love that,” he said. The two had dinner and afterward, she asked him if he wanted to watch a movie. He said, “Yeah that’s a great idea. What do you want to watch?” She said, “Well I’m a big Joe Pesci fan and I know he was in this awesome movie called The Good Shepherd. Do you want to watch that?” Edward said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard about that movie it’s starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.” “Yes,” said Alexandra. So they watched the movie and afterward, Sam went back to his apartment.

For the next few months, Alexandra and Sam hung out every day. On the third month of hanging out every day they established that they were boyfriend and girlfriend and that they would be seeing each other exclusively. They relished every minute of their time together because both knew that after the Club Space project was over Sam would be going home to India. Sure enough in May Sam had to go home. Alexandra went over to his apartment and watched him packed.

She was ready to cry so she went and stood by the window and watched the cars pass by so he would not see her tearing up. He saw her and went to go hug her, but she seemed distant so he didn’t. She was about to tell him that long distance relationships don’t work so they should break up and see other people. Sam sensed that Alexandra was trying to work up the nerve to break up with him so he said, “My girl, I love you.”

Sam knew if he didn’t say I love you he was going to lose her forever. He was a little afraid to say I love you because he didn’t know how she would react, but he’s said I love you many times to girls before so he thought he would give it a try. This time though, he really meant it. After he said I love you Alexandra didn’t talk. She just stood by the window for about a minute quiet. Sam just looked at her and braced himself for the worst, but when she finally decided to talk she said, “I love you too.” Then kissed him.

Maein dilo jaan say tumhe chahtaa hoon.

You’re Not Going to Yell at Me

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Seamus met Kitral when she was just a freshman at Rochester Institute of Technology. Seamus was 25 years old and was working for Lindt in Switzerland. He was the head of the department that decided whether their famous chocolate shop would be opening a store in certain cities. Seamus had visited Rochester last year and had decided that Lindt should open a store in Eastview Mall. Kitral, on the other hand, had just turned 18 and was working at Sinbad’s, a restaurant on Park Ave part-time to help fund her college education.

Seamus was told by his coworkers that Sinbad’s had the best chicken noodle soup so being a big fan of chicken noodle soup Seamus decided to visit Sinbad’s and give this famous chicken noodle soup a try. The hostess seated him at Kitral’s table. She waited on him. He thought she was beautiful. She had long gorgeous hair and fierce brown eyes so he asked her for her phone number. She was reluctant to give a stranger her phone number but gave it anyway. She thought he was handsome with his gorgeous blonde hair and blue eyes, but she didn’t think he would call. I mean Seamus worked for Lindt corporate so why would he call her.

Well, Seamus did call her the next day. They went out to dinner and had a blast. One thing led to another and after a few months, Kitral and Seamus were officially boyfriend and girlfriend. The only problem was that half the time Seamus was in Switzerland and this was putting a strain on their relationship. This week Seamus was in Rochester for a meeting. He was staying at the Holiday Inn on Jefferson Road so he called Kitral to have her hang out with him and stay with him. That night they went out to dinner and afterward club hopping. After being out all night club hopping the two decided to go swimming at the Holiday Inn indoor pool even though it was obviously closed. The two jumped over the closed fence and swam laps then relaxed in the hot tub. The two were caught by the security guard so they had to go back to their room.

After a long long night of partying and swimming the two passed out instantly. Kitral woke up at 6 AM and she realized what one earth was she doing? She needed to focus on her studies, not party hard with Seamus so she decided right then and there that their relationship was over. She knew he would never let her break up with him so she got the brilliant idea of just leaving and never talking to him again. Yeah, they had been together for 6 months at that point, but she really has had it with their relationship. She didn’t like that he was always leaving her to go home to Switzerland. Every time after he left she missed him and got depressed so she decided this relationship was too much for her. It was too stressful. She got dressed, got her things and left the hotel. She started to walk down Jefferson Road and each block she thought she should turn back and go back to sleeping Seamus, but she decided no, she was going to be strong and leave this unstable relationship.

She got all the way to Bruegger’s Bagels on Jefferson Road when Seamus called. She was not going to answer, but at the last minute, she did. She felt really bad for just leaving without saying goodbye. She thought she would be strong and actually tell him it was over. “Umm, hello?” she said. He said, “Darling where are you?” Right, when she heard his voice she was ready to cry. She knew she would miss him dearly and his German accent was to die for. She loved hearing his voice. How was she ever going to find someone as compassionate as Seamus? So she said, “Umm, I’m at Bruegger’s Bagels on Jefferson. I got hungry and I thought I would get a bagel.” He said, “When are you coming back?” She said, “Now.”

So she walked back to Holiday Inn. When she got back to the hotel she thought Seamus was going to yell at her, but he didn’t. He hugged her and didn’t let her go. He knew she almost left him for good. She kissed him. Pressed her nose to his nose and said, “You’re not going to yell at me?” He said, “No, it’s alright if you go get a bagel. Even if I told you you can’t just leave the hotel room and walk to Bruegger’s alone you’re not going to listen to me anyway.” Kitral said, “Seamus, I love you. How will I ever find someone else as loving as you?” “Never darling. You better keep me forever any way you can,” he said. And she knew he was right.

Ich liebe dich

Absolutely Heaven Scent

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His version:

They had not seen each other in awhile, but he could still remember the smell of her hair. She didn’t wear perfume, but she still smelled liked heaven. Now that she’s here he wants to hug her tight and smell her hair. Her long, shiny black locks smelled like roses.

He tried to figure out what shampoo it was, but he was not sure. He wanted to find out so he could buy the same shampoo so once she left he could use it and always have the scent to smell every day. He was about to ask her, but he thought twice about it. He didn’t want to show that he liked her so much he wanted to find out what her shampoo was.

He promised himself he would go to the grocery store and smell all the shampoo and figure it out. Tomorrow perhaps. He knew he was being obsessive, but he wanted to keep her scent with him all of the time.

Her version: 

She greeted him and he hugged her and smelled her hair and she thought that is so sweet he’s obsessed with my scent.

Then she touched his scruffy chin and caressed it. She loved his beard. The only times they ever really see each other is when they video chat. He does not know that all she wants to do is reach into her screen and touch his face. She wanted to touch his strong jaw.

She wanted to reach in and give him a kiss. She wanted to smell his neck. She wanted to hug him. And here he is so huggable yet so masculine.

तुम ही वो हो जो मुझे चाहिए

Maroon Carnations in Her Hair

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I gave her the maroon carnations. She said she loved them. She took one off its stem and put it in her hair. Then she kissed me and told me I had picked her favorite flowers.

She got in the car, buckled her seat belt and turned to me with a gleam in her eyes. She said, “Did I ever tell you I loved you?” “No,” I said. “Well, I do love you and thanks for the flowers and thanks for everything. You have no idea how much you mean to me. You actually saved my life when you sent me that email telling me to come back. I would have stayed in the mountains if it weren’t for you reminding me that it’s you I wanted most in life. It’s because of that email I survived,” she said. I caressed her cheek and told her, “I love you too.”

I wanted to hold her like I had never held her before. And you know what all I want in life is to hold her forever. She has no idea how much I want her. I want all of her.

तुमने मेरी जान बचाई

I Can’t Take Care of You

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You have no idea how I felt when you left the country for so many months and to do what? To hang out with a guy who is a complete loser? You can do better than that. And to top it all off you stayed in the jungles–in the mountains.

You stood in the middle of the jungle while he made a farm and you read under elephant ear plants. You had to use an elephant ear plant to keep you from getting wet. What were you thinking? Ugh! I can’t believe how stupid you can be!

I’m laying in my bed and I’m trying to think up of a short story or poem I would write if I were you and this is what popped into my head! You can be so stupid sometimes! And now you’re writing stupid short stories when you need to get your life together. I don’t even know how you’re going to get your life together. No one is going to take care of you. You’re getting old. Your parents are getting old.

I can’t take care of you. Sorry. I wish I could, but I have a job to do. I have things to do. I’m busy.

I’m sorry.

Прости.

You’ll Never Find Anyone Else Like Me

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Megan was in Buffalo, NY visiting Jackson who was working on an architecture project there. “What are you doing?” Jackson said. “Nothing, just having my coffee by the window. You know the same thing every morning?” Megan said. “No, I mean what are you doing on your tablet?” he said. “Oh, spring break officially starts on Monday for me and since you’re so busy working I thought I would go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida by myself. I’m booking my plane ticket right now,” she said. “What? Are you crazy? You’re only 18, you don’t have a place to stay, and you don’t have any money for a trip to Florida. You can’t go,” he said. “I can do whatever I want. You’re only 23 and you travel everywhere on your own. I’ll figure out where to stay when I get there and if worst comes to worst I’ll just sleep on the beach. I also have money. I have about $200. Can you drive me back to Rochester on Sunday? I’m flying out of Rochester on Monday morning and I will be back next Sunday,” she said. “Fine! Do whatever you want and yeah I’ll drive you back to Rochester.”

Megan packed her things and asked her friend Bridget to drive her to the airport. “That’s all you’re taking? What about your coat?” Bridget said. “I have to pack light. No, I’m not taking my coat. It’s going to be hot in Fort Lauderdale,” Megan said. “Are you sure you’re going to be fine? This is crazy you know,” Bridget said. “Yeah, I know Bridget, but I was really bored in Buffalo with Jackson and I just want to be in the sun,” Megan said. “Okay. Megan, whatever floats your boat,” Bridget said.

Megan flew Jet Blue in the morning. During her flight, she asked the girl sitting next to her if she was familiar with Fort Lauderdale. The girl said she was so Megan asked, “If I want to go to the best beach in Fort Lauderdale what address do I tell the taxi driver to drop me off at?” “Tell the taxi driver to take you to the corner of A1A and Las Olas. The beach is just across the street,” the girl said. “Awesome, thanks,” Megan said.

Once the flight landed Megan took her one bag pack she had packed for her trip from the overhead compartment and walked out of the airport to find a taxi. Alas, there were no taxis so she talked to the man standing near her. She asked him if he had a ride. He said he did and that his friend was picking him up. So Megan asked him if she could get a ride from his friend to the corner of A1A and Las Olas. He said, “Sure, he would be happy to take you? Do you have a place to stay there?” “Umm, no. I’m not sure where I’m staying yet,” Megan said. “Do you want me to book you a hotel?” said the man. “Umm, no thanks. I’ll be fine. I’m sure I’ll find a place to stay,” said Megan.

So Megan was dropped off at A1A and Las Olas. She found a group of boys her age who offered to buy her a beer so she accepted. She drank her beer with them and chatted for a bit and then bid them adieu. She decided she needed a place to stay, but first, she wanted to check out this clothing store. The clothes in the store were unique and she loved their bathing suits so she went in and looked around. “Hello can I help you?” said the handsome hazel eyed, dark-haired man working at the store. “No thanks. I can’t buy anything right now. I actually have to find a place to stay for the night,” said Megan. “You can stay at my place if you want,” he said. Megan laughed and said, “Umm, I don’t even know you. I was actually thinking about finding a motel or something.” “No don’t that. Stay at my place. We can get to know each other. My name is Laurent. What’s your name?” he said extending his hand out for Megan to shake. Megan shook his hand and said “My name is Megan. Where are you from? You have an accent.” “I’m from Morocco. I have a French accent when I speak English. I speak some French because I’ve moved around, but Arabic is my main language in Morocco,” he said. “Ohhhh,” she said now intrigued.

Megan thought he seemed interesting so she chatted with Laurent and hours passed with them just chatting and finally it was time for him to close up the store so he said, “Are you going to stay at my place now that you know me better? You can stay on the couch if you want.” “Sure, I’d love that,” Megan said now enamored with the exotic Moroccan she had just met. She knew it was crazy to be staying at his place and Jackson would be so angry with her, but she really liked hanging out with Laurent.

Laurent and Megan walked to his apartment nearby. It was a small house and he had a roommate. He also had a really comfortable couch so she was happy. That night they watched movies and drank beer. After a few hours, Megan passed out and woke up to Laurent making breakfast. They had eggs, bacon, and pancake and then afterward Laurent went to work at the clothing store. Megan went with him and they chatted all day and night until it was time for Laurent to close the store again. They both went back to Laurent’s and watched movies and drank beer like the day before and Megan fell asleep on the couch. This went on every day until it was time for Megan to go home. Laurent didn’t want to let her go so he talked to her about staying. “What? Are you crazy? I have to get back to my boyfriend and I have school on Monday,” she said. “Please stay. Aren’t you having fun here? Don’t you like me? You’ll never find anyone else like me,” he said. Megan thought about this for a bit. She did really like Laurent. Fort Lauderdale was gorgeous, the weather was nicer than Rochester’s that’s for sure and for once she was not depressed about life. She hugged Laurent and said, “Sorry, but I really do have to go. I promise I’ll come back next year to see you.” “No you can’t go,” he said and kissed her.

Megan was surprised, but the kiss was so sweet. He had such soft lips and those eyes. They were mesmerizing. So she said, “Okay you know what I’ll do is I’ll stay for another week. I think I can miss a week of school and still be fine, but I really have to go home in one week.” So Megan stayed for another week then the weeks turned to months and Megan finally decided she now has to stay in Fort Lauderdale for good. After a few years of living in Fort Lauderdale, she and Laurent got married.