Sharing Those Woods, Dark and Deep

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Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

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Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is arguably the best-known poem of the 20th century. It is the first poem I remember reading and appreciating. Then I stopped reading it.

I was a college English major by then, and I had determined that any poem so easy to understand was beneath my notice. But this one was to haunt me, particularly when I started teaching it. In coming to understand its subtlety, I began to understand something about my father and the demon that