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The Road Less Traveled

Robert Frost's poetry continues to be enjoyed by millions of people, including—as it turns out—Archie Andrews of “Archie” comics fame. Taking a cue from the final season of the popular late 1990s television show “Felicity” and movies such as “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Sliding Doors,” Archie has the opportunity to see two possible directions in the arc of his life: marrying Veronica Lodge in one and marrying Betty Cooper in the other.

 Bottom panel from page in “Archie” comic. 2009. Archie Comic Publications, Inc. Used with permission. Reproduction Information: Not available for reproduction. Robert Frost. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZ62-72481 (b&w film copy neg.); Call No.: BIOG FILE - Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 [item] [P&P]

In Issue 600 of “Archie,” the iconic comics teen gets down on bended knee to propose to rich Veronica Lodge—and breaks long-suffering girl-next-door Betty’s heart. Subsequent issues follow the wedding and the trip into parenthood as Archie and Veronica raise fraternal twins. In one scene, Archie is reading his favorite poem, “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost.

However, in issue 603, the plot shows Archie proposing to Betty after college graduation in an alternate reality where Archie has gone down Memory Lane and chooses the less-traveled one, just as Frost describes in his poem.

Pages from the comic are highlighted on the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center website. The Library has ties to the eminent poet, who was Consultant in Poetry (Poet Laureate) from 1958 to 1959.

A guide compiles links to resources on Frost throughout the Library’s website, as well as selected links to external sites that include features on his life or selections of his work.

Searching for “Robert Frost” in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog also pulls a selection of images of the poet.