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Chase Abendschein: The Road Not Taken And a Well Earned Beer

December 7, 2017

 

 

My friend Chase Abendschein and I talk about the poem The Road Not Taken, which is one of those poems that people who know a little bit about poetry love to school others on. "ACTUALLY that poem is about..."

 

Chase is a salesmen, like a super salesman. He works in global enterprise sales, meaning he sells to major major corporations. But he loves this poem and he enjoys poetry. He's not trained in it, as I'm not trained in it. So we go off on some ridiculous tangents that I hope you'll enjoy.

The Highlights

  • Belly Scratchers Billy Goats, Beers, and kissing babes at the tops of mountains

  • Free will and Determinism

  • Chris Farley and Patrick Stewart (?) on SNL

  • Anton Chigurh and Twoface from "No Country For Old Men," and "The Dark Knight"

  • Bananas and strippers

  • The narrative voice of Robert Frost

  • The life choices we make and how to feel good about them

  • Bill Bradley and Bill Braskey (SNL again...)

 

And throughout we are conversing with the verse by Robert Frost. Lots of fun and ridiculousness peppered with deep insights about an iconic poem. Enjoy!

 

The Road Not Taken

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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