Kokomo, IN — Sarah Thompson, a sophomore at Indiana Christian College, has made a revolutionary discovery in the field of literary criticism. In an analytical paper written to complete an assignment for her online Introduction to Literature class, Thompson argued that Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” can “kind of be seen as being about being a Christian and taking the road that no one else does,” she said. “You know, the narrow path. And how that makes all the difference. I know that’s been true in my life.”

Asked how she was able to come up with an interpretation unlike any other reported in any scholarly journal since the publication of the iconic American poem in 1916, Thompson explained, “I don’t know. I had to turn the paper in by midnight, and I hadn’t had a chance to work on it because of classes and work and stuff, so I sat down after dinner and just began to write. When it came to me, it all just made sense!”

Asked if she has plans for any future groundbreaking research, Thompson said she wasn’t sure. “My next assignment due is for my philosophy class. That class is really hard. I’m thinking about writing about how that story about the man in the cave by the fire could be symbolic of Jonah in the whale. Or maybe like Paul saying we see as through a glass darkly. Either way, I think that will be a good paper.”

As of press time, Thompson’s English paper had not yet been returned so she was unable to report what her professor thinks of her discovery.

By Karen Swallow Prior, author of Fierce Convictions


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One thought on “College Sophomore Rocks Literary World by Uncovering Hidden Meaning in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”

  1. I’ve heard this groundbreaking insight too many times, Karen. Too many times!

    On the other hand, we used this poem in a judicial reasoning class and had a great discussion about the meaning of the two roads and the reasoning about how one would look at the whole scene in hindsight.

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