This is from one of my favorite online essays of all time, at the humanistic psychologist Richard Grossman’s website, Voicelessness and Emotional Survival, which is filled with tools to embiggen understanding:
Many students from around the world have e-mailed me about becoming a therapist. “What do I need to learn?” they ask. One of the most important tasks of “insight” therapists is to understand and appreciate subtext. What is subtext? It is between-the-lines communication that convey powerful messages indirectly. Subtext affects all relationships, and is especially critical in child-rearing. Do you have an aptitude for subtext? Does the concept interest you? Here’s a simple exercise. Consider the well-known and beloved Robert Frost poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
After reading that you’ll instantly grasp what this is about:
Amazing lyrics here. I sang along with that song a thousand times missing what now seems obvious to the point of banality. Sometimes it takes an essay to get there.