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They will not see me stopping here.
The other day Senior Managing Editor for Graphics Alison posted this meme in the Discord:
It’s funny, of course, but then yesterday The Atlantic’s “Time-Travel Thursdays” newsletter happened to be this capsule biography of Robert Frost, who, after dropping out of (or being expelled from) Dartmouth before the end of his first semester:
As would anyone! When the chips are down, what’s a more certain money maker than poetry? It took a few more years but Frost would eventually be published in The Atlantic many times, the last time in 1962, about a year before his death, with the transcript of a speech he gave at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where he said: “you have to begin with something… you have to know what an idea is, in a joke or in a poem. You have to know how to make a point, to point up an idea.”
But the first time he was published in The Atlantic was in fact “The Road Not Taken.” It’s been a while since I read it, but there it is on The Atlantic’s website today, dateline: August, 1915. And I was surprised in revisiting it both how much shorter it was than I remembered, and how well Alison’s meme actually captures its essence:
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