Not out of the woods yet

June 3, 2008

Now, this punishment I like:

Call it poetic justice: More than two dozen young people who broke into Robert Frost’s former home for a beer party and trashed the place are being required to take classes in his poetry as part of their punishment.

Using “The Road Not Taken” and another poem as jumping-off points, Frost biographer Jay Parini hopes to show the vandals the error of their ways — and the redemptive power of poetry.

Frost is my favorite poet, and if any poetry can get through to these kids, his can. “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Pay attention!

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